HCAP WEEKLY November 21, 2022

Staff Give Thanks and Spread Joy to Kūpuna
Height Measurements with Head Start
Kumuhonua Participants Receive Support from Legal Aid


Staff Give Thanks and Spread Joy to Kūpuna

In the spirit of GivingTuesday, a worldwide celebration of giving on Tuesday, November 29, HCAP staff throughout the agency have been going above and beyond, finding new ways to give back to the communities they serve. 

HCAP’s Central District Service Center staff are giving thanks and spreading joy to kūpuna in their community with a little help from the Head Start ʻAiea 1 keiki. This month, kūpuna participating in the Kōkua Food Assistance Program were surprised to receive Thanksgiving turkeys along with their regular food boxes—plus, special Thanksgiving cards created by Head Start students.

The ʻAiea 1 Head Start teachers, Mrs. Stevi and Mrs. Michelle, taught their students about what it means to be thankful. The students and their families then made Thanksgiving cards personalized with heartfelt messages to give to kūpuna in their community. This project was a valuable lesson for the keiki, and it made the kūpuna smile.

“Many of our kūpuna are lonely during the holidays and miss their families,” said Katy Perry, Central District Service Center Manager. “This was a great way to bring some joy and warm the hearts of our kūpuna.”

Central staff are also encouraging clients to share what they’re thankful for by contributing to a “Giving Tree.” Visiting clients can write notes on the tree’s leaves to give thanks. Clients have shared that they are grateful for their family and friends, and for the HCAP staff who have assisted them.

“Thankful for HCAP in making the holidays easier for our ‘ohana,” reads one of the leaves on the tree.

You can help us spread the word about GivingTuesday by sharing our posts on Instagram and Facebook. To support HCAP on GivingTuesday, please consider donating by texting HCAP to 269-89 or visiting our online donation page.


Height Measurements with Head Start

Keiki at Kipapa Head Start developed their logic, reasoning, and mathematical skills through an expansive activity focusing on the human body. The keiki taped white yarn to a large board to determine their individual height. Then, they visually compared and contrasted everyone’s height to determine who was the tallest, the shortest, and how many of them were the same height. Hercules assisted Xerxes-Alexander in determining his height.

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Kumuhonua Participants Receive Support from Legal Aid

This month, Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center participants had an opportunity to learn more about services available through Legal Aid Society of Hawaii and how to access them. Connie, a Legal Aid Representative, visited Kumuhonua to share a presentation on Legal Aid’s services. 

Kumuhonua participants may experience barriers related to housing and public benefits as they work toward finding stable, permanent housing. Legal Aid can assist with housing matters, including fair housing and housing discrimination, landlord-tenant disputes, and eviction. Their staff can also help clients with applying for public benefits, such as Social Security, Medicaid, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. During the presentation, Connie answered participants’ questions about Legal Aid’s services and resources. Kumuhonua staff are grateful for this ongoing partnership with Legal Aid, and look forward to having them return for future information sessions.

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