HCAP WEEKLY November 30, 2020

HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Helps Recently Unemployed Worker Obtain Phlebotomy Training Certification
HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Donate Over 100 Boxes of Sanitary Gloves to Pu‘uwai ‘O Makaha Nursing Facility and Olivia Books to the Institute for Human Services!
This #GivingTuesday Rapid Re-Housing Staff Deliver Handmade Christmas Cards and Ornaments to Residents at Ka Punawai Ola
Hā Initiative Students Learn how Sound Travels in “Singing Spoon” Experiment!
Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center Forms New Partnership with Hale Kipa


HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Helps Recently Unemployed Worker Obtain Phlebotomy Training Certification

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Edlizer was referred to HCAP by our partner Professional Healthcare Educators (PHE) to see if he would qualify for tuition assistance for PHE’s Phlebotomy Training Program. Edlizer was working for the Special Education Center of Hawaii as a Direct Support Staff until the center was temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Since being unemployed, Edlizer began looking for employment in a field that was close to his heart. Edlizer graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014 from the St. Joseph College of Cavite, Inc. in the Philippines and always wanted to pursue a career in the healthcare field since arriving in Hawai’i.  Edlizer decided that now was a good time to further his education and skills by enrolling in PHE’s Phlebotomy Training Program, which would give him more certifications and greater confidence in drawing blood above the forearm. 

After reviewing his eligibility, Edlizer was able to receive tuition assistance through HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program to attend Professional Healthcare Educators. We are excited to share that Edlizer successfully completed his Phlebotomy Training Program and obtained his Certification of Completion. Edlizer’s next goal is to obtain a position in the healthcare field using the skills he acquired. He has also updated his resume to reflect his new certification and to use in seeking employment.

Central District Service Center is very excited for Edlizer as he continues to pursue his dreams! We hope that our agency’s new initiative in providing tuition assistance through HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program will change people’s lives and allow them to reach their educational and professional goals.


HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Donate Over 100 Boxes of Sanitary Gloves to Pu‘uwai ‘O Makaha Nursing Facility and Olivia Books to the Institute for Human Services!

On this #GivingTuesday 2020, HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start staff had the opportunity to give back to the people that serve our most vulnerable populations.

The nursing staff at Pu‘uwai ‘O Makaha Nursing Facility have been serving the residents in Waianae and Makaha Valley area since 1979.  Offering a variety of multi-disciplinary and inpatient services, these incredible workers serve those in need of rehabilitation, long-term nursing, respite care, and hospice services.  Our Head Start staff understand how important it is for nursing facilities to have the necessary equipment to provide front-line services to our kupuna. That’s why this #GivingTuesday, HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start programs donated over 100 boxes of sanitary gloves to the amazing staff at Pu‘uwai ‘O Makaha.

After the delivery, HCAP Head Start staff received a message of thanks from a staff member at Pu‘uwai ‘O Makaha Nursing Facility who said that the gloves were very much needed and appreciated

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But the giving was not yet over! Head Start & Early Head Start staff had one more stop on their #Giving Tuesday tour.  The Institute for Human Services (IHS) has been a source of support for at risk and unsheltered Hawai’i residents and families for over 40 years.  Head Start’s Early Learning teams also donated over 100 “Olivia” books to IHS to have them available to children staying at IHS’s transitional and affordable living facilities.  Our staff understand that it can be difficult for families to obtain early learning materials and supplies during such a hard transition and hope that the books will bring some joy to the children and their families this holiday season!

We are so happy that we were able to serve community organizations such as Pu’ uwai ‘O Makaha and the Institute for Human Services this #GivingTuesday and will strive to continue to give back in the months and years to come.


This #GivingTuesday Rapid Re-Housing Staff Deliver Handmade Christmas Cards and Ornaments to Residents at Ka Punawai Ola

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In celebration of #GivingTuesday, HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing team delivered a great surprise to the residents of Ka Punawai Ola Nursing and Restorative Care Center. Ka Punawai Ola in Hawaiian means “well-spring of health and living waters”. The facility, located in Kapolei, provides nursing care services for individuals in need of short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, or post-operative recovery. Due to COVID-19, many residents may be unable to go home for the holidays, so HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing team decided to bring a little holiday cheer to residents.

Last week, Rapid Re-Housing staff delivered a mailbox full of personal, handmade Christmas cards and an array of ornaments to brighten the facility. Kaiulani, a staff member at Ka Punawai Ola, greeted Rapid Re-housing staff at the entrance of the building to ensure that residents would be kept safe.  Although this holiday season will look different, our Rapid Re-housing and Kumuhonua staff hope that their cards and ornaments will spread some holiday cheer to residents and staff!


Hā Initiative Students Learn how Sound Travels in “Singing Spoon” Experiment!

In recent weeks, HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program students conducted the ‘Singing Spoon’ science experiment!  The objective of this experiment was to hear the different sounds a spoon hanging from a string can generate depending on how close or how far the spoon is from your ear. After this simple experiment, their teachers explained how sound travels through solids (earth), liquids (water), and air. 

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In addition to the fun ‘singing spoon’ experiment, the students recently received another STEM Kit! This week’s kit included First Lego League, coding, and chess activities, as well as the materials for science experiments to be conducted during upcoming Family Nights. These kits have provided our students with the opportunity to continue their hands on learning from home and we plan to continue to deliver STEM kits until the program is able to provide in-person services.

Want to get your keiki involved in STEM? Email hcapstem@hcapweb.org for more information!


Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center Forms New Partnership with Hale Kipa

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HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Coordinator Reiko recently connected Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center staff with Hale Kipa, a non-profit agency that specializes in working with at-risk youth and their families. Through this new partnership, Kumuhonua and Hale Kipa hope to work together to house and educate young adults who are homeless or at-risk of homelessnes. Kumuhonua staff would like to extend a BIG Mahalo to Valor Grimm, Program Supervisor at Hale Kipa Residential and her team for developing this new partnership with Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center.