HCAP Weekly March 2, 2020

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Kumuhonua Helps Mother and Son Transition Back into Society
ECS Program Helps Ko`olau Clubhouse Participant Obtain Employment
Income Tax Services Volunteer Finds Work Rewarding
STEM Program Manager Attends After-School Conference in Florida
Aiea Head Start Children Participate in Play Date with Kindergarten Students at Aiea Elementary


Kumuhonua Helps Mother and Son Transition Back into Society

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After serving a prison sentence and turning her life around, Dorcelyn stayed at Women in Need, a facility in Waianae. Not long after, however, the facility was put up for sale and she had to move out. Fortunately Dorcelyn’s sister told her about HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. Dorcelyn completed the application process and moved in to Kumuhonua in March 2016.

Upon moving in, Kumuhonua staff referred her to the Ho`omau Kūpuna Employment Program, formerly known as the Senior Community Service Employment Program. With the help of Ho`omau Kūpuna staff, Dorcelyn obtained subsidized employment.

In 2019, Dorcelyn’s son, Albert, applied for Kumuhonua after being assessed by the Institute for Human Services. Upon being accepted for entry, Albert moved into Kumuhonua in September and became his mother’s caregiver.

Dorcelyn and Albert actively worked with Kumuhonua’s case manager and housing specialist to secure permanent housing. With assistance from HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing Program, Dorcelyn and Albert were able to obtain permanent subsidized housing at The Villas of Malu`ohai on March 2, 2020.

Kumuhonua staff congratulates Dorcelyn and Albert for accomplishing their housing goals and wishes them well. Dorcelyn and Albert are very grateful for all the blessings they have received and thankful to all Kumuhonua staff for welcoming them both into Kumuhonua and for assisting them through every step.


ECS Program Helps Ko`olau Clubhouse Participant Obtain Employment

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Paiea, a participant at Ko`olau Clubhouse, a psychosocial rehabilitation program, was initially referred to HCAP’s Windward District Service Center by a case worker at Windward Mental Health Clinic. He was eager to integrate back into the workforce after overcoming several personal challenges.

Windward District Service Center Community Worker Cory enrolled Paiea into the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program and got him started with Job Readiness Training (JRT). As part of JRT, Cory helped Paiea develop his resume and helped him to identify his personal strengths and skills.

In collaboration with staff from Ko`olau Clubhouse, Cory made sure that Paiea persisted with his employment search while receiving adequate mental health services from social workers and case managers. Paiea’s determination, along with Windward District Service Center’s cooperation with Ko`olau Clubhouse, made it possible for Paiea to obtain employment at a nearby grocery store.

Through ECS funds, Windward District Service Center was able to provide Paiea with the appropriate attire that he needs for work. He still keeps in touch with Cory with updates on his employment and has been a great example for other clients at Ko`olau Clubhouse. Paiea continues to strive to accomplish his goals and be an active part of our community.


Income Tax Services Volunteer Finds Work Rewarding

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David first volunteered for HCAP’s Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program several years ago. Upon returning to Hawaii, after living away for a few years, David contacted HCAP offering his services as a volunteer once again.

After completing mandatory training from the Hawaii Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, David has been providing his services as Volunteer Tax Preparer at the HCAP Corporate Office.

When asked about his reasons for volunteering, David’s face lights up. He explained that he always liked numbers, having a strong background in business analysis. But David wanted to volunteer specifically at HCAP because he was initially drawn to HCAP’s mission of economic empowerment. “People are generally afraid of taxes and numbers,” he said. “So to be able to walk them through the tax filing process and help them get tax refunds and credits – that’s rewarding.”


STEM Program Manager Attends After-School Conference in Florida

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Last week, Mio Shimada, Program Manager of the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center, attended the Beyond School Hours National Education Conference in Florida. Mio and other educators from across the country came together for four days of educational seminars and workshops, networking, and professional development.

Seminars included sessions on methods of data collection, leadership development for staff, curriculum resources and development, and ways to encourage students and parents to better communicate with staff.


Aiea Head Start Children Participate in Play Date with Kindergarten Students at Aiea Elementary

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Helping children and families transition into kindergarten is one of the most important and beneficial aspects of HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start. Transition activities take place throughout the year to help ensure each child and family is prepared, comfortable, and excited about attending kindergarten.

Recently, the Aiea I, Aiea II, andAiea Pre-Plus classrooms had a “play date” with the kindergarten children of Aiea Elementary School. Our HCAP Head Start children were able to play with children that were enrolled in HCAP Head Start last school year and ask them questions about kindergarten.