HCAP WEEKLY November 2, 2020

Leahi District Service Center Provides Much Needed Assistance to Family Enduring Economic Hardship Due to COVID-19 Infection
Kumuhonua Adjusts Cleaning Protocols and Installs Sanitary Plexiglass Barriers to Adopt Additional Safety Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Cloudbreak Hawaii Partners with HCAP Kumuhonua Staff to Share Food Distribution Resources with Residents
Hā Initiative Students Engage in Fun Hands-on Water and Climate Module STEM Experiments
HCAP’s Head Start Program Continues to Provide a Source of Learning and Entertainment for Keiki


Leahi District Service Center Provides Much Needed Assistance to Family Enduring Economic Hardship Due to COVID-19 Infection

After having no luck with resources and programs in her area, Sharodine urgently sought help from HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center in early October. As a single mother of four, Sharodine struggled to provide for her family and continue to make regular payments on monthly bills throughout the pandemic. Sharodine was economically weighed down even further as she experienced COVID-19 first-hand in her home; all four of her children tested positive for COVID-19. Her eldest son is only 11 years old, while her youngest was an infant at the time, at only five months old. HCAP has blanketed Sharodine’s family with hope and comfort throughout this apprehensive time. She expressed her heartfelt gratitude through an email that states the following:

“Thank you so much, words cannot express how thankful we are to have you and your company helping us. I know I can never repay all of your kindness that you’ve all shown by just updating me week in week out, making sure that I submitted everything that was needed and also being patient with me as I gather all documents… HCAP has shown great support and care that no other agency has done for me […]”

“[…] I would wait for weeks with no answer, no email, absolutely nothing… I [was] just left blank guessing what would come next, to where I would have to keep calling to see what the status is just to get a word that they don’t help housing folks like me. But was blessed to have you email me and from there here we are… all I can do is ask the good Lord that I serve to bless you all abundantly for all the stress and help that you’ve all gone through to try and help someone like me… God bless” 

Sharodine is in the process of receiving services under the CARES Act, which is designated to help families and individuals directly affected by COVID-19. With this  assistance, Sharodine is hopeful to get her household back on their feet and pull through the months ahead. 

For more information on the services provided at HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center, please visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/leahi-district-service-center/


Kumuhonua Adjusts Cleaning Protocols and Installs Sanitary Plexiglass Barriers to Adopt Additional Safety Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During these uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center strives to keep the residential facility and its offices a safe, coronavirus-free place for its clients and staff. 

Reinforced safety and cleaning measures have been put in place to lower the risk of COVID-19 infections. Recently, staff initiated a new partnership with Hawaii Clean, LLC to obtain protective plexiglass barriers for all staff desks and front office windows, as well as placing hand sanitizers at high traffic areas and outside staff offices. The Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center has also increased cleaning protocols to include weekly sanitizations of the entire facility. 

Staff are also working with community partners, Cloudbreak LLC, USVETS Barbers Point, and Project Vision, to set up monthly COVID-19 testing in the shelter parking for all residents and clients. 

On behalf of staff and clients at Kumuhonua, the team would like to extend Big Aloha and Mahalo to the shelter’s new community partner Hawaii Clean LLC and other community members for coming together during these tough times to ensure health and safety for all our residents. 

For more information on the services available at the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, please visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/kumuhonua-transitional-living-center/


Cloudbreak Hawaii Partners with HCAP Kumuhonua Staff to Share Food Distribution Resources with Residents

Cloudbreak Hawai’i LLC, is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of veterans by providing housing assistance and partnering with local non-profits. During these tough times, they’re working to ensure at-risk veterans are food secure. Recently, they contacted HCAP staff to share food distribution resources from the Veteran’s Affairs administration and the Salvation Army with Kumuhonua residents. Per Richelle Taylor, Property Manager at Cloudbreak Hawaii LLC, “that’s what neighbors are for, especially during these difficult times.”

HCAP-Kumuhonua is grateful for the partnership with Cloudbreak Hawaii LLC, and would like to send a BIG Aloha and Mahalos to Richelle Taylor and her team, at Cloudbreak Hawaii LLC for always thinking of our residents.

For more information on HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, please visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/kumuhonua-transitional-living-center/


Hā Initiative Students Engage in Fun Hands-on Water and Climate Module STEM Experiments

This week in the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, as part of the Water and Climate module, students learned how to read a thermometer and the science behind how these tools work. Participants completed two experiments on how cold water can get. First they had a look at how to read a thermometer, including Fahrenheit and Celsius. For the first experiment, they took a cup of cold water and measured its temperature.

Most students’ water was at around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Then they added 2 ice cubes at a time, for a total of 8, and measured the temperature each time. After the last ice cube was added most of the students’ water was at freezing point. The second activity required students to place 8 tablespoons of salt in the water, one tablespoon at a time, to take the temperature of the water after each tablespoon.

There were varying results, as some students noted that the temperature of the water in their cups did not change, while others recorded findings where the water temperature lowered, and a few noted that the temperature increased and then subsequently decreased. This demonstrated that the experiment’s results were inconclusive as not all of the students had the same materials, ice, amount of water, etc. Nonetheless, the students enjoyed this activity and were excited to share their findings with the whole class.

The Hā Initiative is an islandwide, interactive STEM afterschool program for creative keiki. To join in on the fun, visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/ha-initiative/


HCAP’s Head Start Program Continues to Provide a Source of Learning and Entertainment for Keiki

“T is for Turtle”

Head Start keiki Kenny from Halawa was able to identify the letter T in the word turtle and used tools such as crayons, a pair of scissors, and glue to piece together a green, paper plate turtle. Kenny developed her fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination by coloring, cutting and pasting together her sea life creation. 

Dancing On Zoom!

Adalyn (with guidance from her teachers Ms. Mei and Mr. Aaron on Zoom) continued to develop her gross motor skills by navigating the space around her while dancing and doing exercises such as jumping jacks. Adalyn made progress in her daily learning activities by drawing shapes and a picture of “Mommy and Me.”

Will It Sink or Will It Float? 

Lilia from Waipahu participated in a fun science activity with her teachers Ms.Gayzel and Ms.Selena on Zoom and discussed the meaning of sink and float. Lilia was able to make predictions about which items from home will sink or float due to weight and density. With the help of her parents they filled a container with water and gathered a variety of objects from home to test out her newly acquired knowledge.

For information on how to enroll in HCAP’s Head Start Program, please visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/headstart/