HCAP WEEKLY May 9, 2022

Wraparound Services Help Single Mother Start Her Own Business
Former Head Start Student Graduating as Valedictorian
Family & Friends Night Celebrates Central STEM Exploration Center Reopening
Kumuhonua and Nā Lima Hana Staff Help Resident Secure Employment


Wraparound Services Help Single Mother Start Her Own Business

Catalina, a single mother with a young daughter, is continuing to pursue her career goals with the ongoing support of HCAP’s Central District Service Center. She first reached out to Central District Service Center in 2020, in hopes of becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA) with tuition assistance from the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services program. She has since completed her CNA program and decided to open her own business, which will allow her a more flexible schedule to care for her daughter. Central District Service Center staff recently helped Catalina apply for a General Excise Tax License for her new business. 

“Before enrolling with HCAP’s Employment Core Services Program, I was working at McDonald’s and was a struggling single mother,” Catalina shared. “If it wasn’t for HCAP, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

In addition to employment services, Central District Service Center staff have assisted Catalina with much more over the past couple of years, from filling out rental applications to filing her income taxes, and even providing holiday gifts for her daughter. Having obtained her GE Tax License, Catalina is excited to grow her clientele for her new business. Central District Service Center staff are very proud of Catalina’s achievements, and will continue to support her endeavors.

“This path has opened up opportunities for me and my daughter in many ways, and I am so grateful for the support I have received from HCAP,” Catalina said.


Former Head Start Student Graduating as Valedictorian

HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start is excited to celebrate the scholarly achievement of a former student. Blaze Calizo, once a student at Kunia Head Start, is now graduating as a Valedictorian from Leilehua High School. His Head Start Teacher, Ms. Sara, says Blaze was shy when he first arrived at her classroom, but quickly became a joyful and helpful student. HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start congratulates Blaze on this milestone accomplishment, and wishes him continued success!

HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open now! Click Here for more information and how to apply.


Family & Friends Night Celebrates Central STEM Exploration Center Reopening

At the end of April, Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School program participants gathered for a Family & Friends Engagement Night to celebrate the reopening of HCAP’s Central STEM Exploration Center. Attendees enjoyed Chicken Katsu bentos and took part in a hands-on STEM activity to learn about energy and waves.

Students built a simple wave machine by connecting a piece of tape between two STEM tables. On the adhesive side of the tape, they attached skewers about an inch apart, and added gummy bears on both ends of each skewer. By lifting and dropping the gummy bears at different heights, the students saw how pulses affect wavelength and wave speed. The higher students lifted the gummy bear skewer, the larger the pulse, which created faster and longer waves.


Kumuhonua and Nā Lima Hana Staff Help Resident Secure Employment

Before enrolling in HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) program, Wayne was struggling to find work. As a resident at the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, the encouragement Wayne received from Kumuhonua staff gave him the push he needed to sign up for the ECS program and participate in Job Readiness Training. With a new resume and mock interviews under his belt, he was able to submit several job applications with confidence. Wayne also received a Holo Card from the ECS program, giving him access to much-needed transportation for his job search. Based on a recommendation from another Kumuhonua resident and his case manager, Wayne applied for a position at Wendy’s, where he began work in late March. This close collaboration between the ECS program and Kumuhonua staff is critical to helping Kumuhonua residents like Wayne reenter the workforce and achieve self-sufficiency.