HCAP WEEKLY JULY 6, 2020

Former Kumuhonua Resident Thanks Kumuhonua Staff for Providing Support and Stability
HCAP Providing Unemployed and Underemployed Individuals with Tuition Assistance to Attend Vocational School
STEM Students Challenged to Build Hydraulic Lifts
Client Receives Financial Literacy Education, Job Readiness Training and Interview Coaching
HCAP Head Start Teachers Promote Self-Care


Former Kumuhonua Resident Thanks Kumuhonua Staff for Providing Support and Stability

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HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center is committed to providing a safe haven for those who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. We love helping our residents find permanent housing and seeing them succeed after their stay with us. We’d like to share this story from our former resident Norma, who expressed her appreciation for the services provided by Kumuhonua staff.

“Being diagnosed with a mental illness is very difficult. You have to attend therapy and make sure you are taking your prescribed medications. However, when you are homeless and on the streets it is extremely difficult to manage your mental health. Being homeless while having a mental illness can cause non-compliance with medications.

I was referred to Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center by Next Step Shelter on March 5th, 2020. At Kumuhonua, residents were not able to attend classes due to COVID-19. However, I was able to meet remotely with my Case Manager Kahea and still receive support. I am grateful for the opportunity that the Kumuhonua staff offered me, because it allowed me to follow-up with my Section 8 application and to update all of my medical and mental health providers. With the stability that I received here at Kumuhonua and with the help of my Case Manager Kahea, I was able to receive my Section-8 housing voucher. Kahea worked with Next Step Shelter to assist me in finding housing even during this pandemic. I am happy to say that I will be moving out in June. I would like to say thank you to the Kumuhonua staff for working with outside agencies and allowing me to successfully find housing.”

Our Kumuhonua staff are so happy for Norma. Having a mental illness should not be a barrier for receiving support. We are committed to helping more individuals like Norma find stability and support during hard times.


HCAP Providing Unemployed and Underemployed Individuals with Tuition Assistance to Attend Vocational School

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HCAP is excited to announce that the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program (ECS) is now providing unemployed and underemployed individuals with tuition assistance to attend vocational school. HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana (“for the working hand”) Employment Core Services Program provides employment preparation training, personalized case management services and job placement to unemployed and underemployed individuals. Through this new initiative, ECS clients can receive tuition assistance for courses including but not limited to Nurse Aide Training, Phlebotomy, Medical Assistant Apprenticeship, Optometry Assistant, and Advanced Pharmacy Technician. Partner schools currently include Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College, Professional Healthcare Educators, and Caregiver Training School.

“I wanted to thank you again from the heart, for having made it possible for me to pursue this opportunity to further my education,” says ECS client Andrea (pictured above), who recently enrolled in Kapiʻolani Community College’s Pharmacy Technician Program. “It really means a lot to me to be given this opportunity. My hope is to find employment with a pharmacy and apply my knowledge.”

Robin Fakaosi, HCAP Interim Director of Community Services, states “The cost of living in Hawaiʻi can become unbearable for some families and a minimum wage job is no longer enough to pay monthly bills. I am so excited that the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program is able to assist our clients with tuition payments so they can obtain higher paying jobs and achieve self-sufficiency.”

For further information on HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, please click here.


STEM Students Challenged to Build Hydraulic Lifts

Last week, the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program students were challenged to build their own hydraulic lifts! The students enthusiastically rose to meet this challenge, many of them building their hydraulic lift before the class even started. All the materials needed for this challenge were included in their STEM kits, which were delivered safely to their homes. The lesson featured two mechanisms. The first was hydraulics, which uses fluid to transfer force. The second was a pantograph, a system of interconnected levers, also known as a scissor lift. Along with these two mechanisms, the students learned about the forces that engineers must overcome to build a working machine such as sheer force, bending torsion, compression, tension and friction. This assignment was definitely a challenge and several of the students required some help from their parents and teachers. But in the end, everyone was very proud to show off their creations!

The Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center, provides students with the opportunity to learn about STEM through fun and interactive lessons. If you are interested in learning more about the program, email: hcapstem@hcapweb.org.


Client Receives Financial Literacy Education, Job Readiness Training and Interview Coaching

Last fall, a client came to HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center seeking assistance with creating a resume. He was enrolled in HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program and received much more than just a resume. He was also provided with a variety of services such as basic financial literacy, job readiness training, and interview coaching. As he actively job searched, he also found warmth, support and encouragement from our program staff. In less than two months, the client was able to secure full-time employment as a security guard for Ross and received an incentive from HCAP upon being hired. We are happy to report that the client has maintained his employment and is grateful to have found a position that is convenient and practical to his current needs. He continues to access HCAP’s resources and looks forward to continuing the relationship he has with our agency.


HCAP Head Start Teachers Promote Self-Care

For the past week, the teachers of HCAP Head Start were encouraged to share a selfie of something they do that promotes self-care. Self-care is such an important key towards having a healthy, balanced lifestyle, especially during challenging times.

Our teachers and staff had so much fun with this activity. Everyone laughed and appreciated all the different self-care activities everyone shared. Our teachers and staff love finding ways to support each other and promote self-care, so they can better serve their families.