HCAP Weekly October 21, 2019

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HCAP Holds Annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner
Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment After Job Loss
Aiea Head Start Children Learn Safety from Honolulu Fire Department
Get Your Home Weatherized During National Energy Awareness Month
Windward District Service Center Assists with Partner Organization’s Fundraiser

HCAP Holds Annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner

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On Thursday, October 24th, HCAP held its annual Board of Directors Installation Dinner at the Pearl Country Club. The dinner is an opportunity to recognize outgoing Board Members for their contribution to the agency, and to welcome the 2019-2020 Board of Directors and the officers of the District Advisory Councils and Head Start Policy Council.

The highlight of the evening was having several HCAP staff, who also were past HCAP program participants, share about how HCAP has positively impacted and changed their lives. The speakers talked about how HCAP programs such as Head Start & Early Head Start and Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) brought out the best in them. Several of them talked about how their journey at HCAP has come full circle: they are still at HCAP, but now providing the same services they once received to others. As one of the speakers, Raldean Souza, SCSEP Employment Counselor put it, “I feel them because I have been there [before].”

We would like to thank all those who attended and look forward to continuing our work to improve our community.

The full Board roster for 2019-2020 is as follows:


Chair Edward Mersereau
Vice Chair Terrence H. Aratani, Esq.
Secretary/Treasurer William Shiroma

Resident Sector
Ardis Ane, Head Start Policy Council
Edward Mersereau, Central District Policy Council
Jessica Lee, Central District Policy Council
Glenn J. Silva, Kalihi-Palama District Policy Council
Anne Chipchase, Leahi District Policy Council
Jodi Johnson, Leeward District Advisory Council
Mary Colburn, Windward District Policy Council

Public Sector
Frank J. Lopez, Governor’s Representative
Colleen E. Minami, Mayor’s Representative
Terrence H. Aratani, Esq., Office of Senator Brian T. Taniguchi
Garrick L.H. Goo, Esq., Office of Senator Clarence K. Nishihara
Blake K. Oshiro, Esq., Office of Representative Calvin K.Y. Say
Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Esq., Office of Representative Linda Ichiyama
Rep. Mark J. Hashem, Office of Representative Mark J. Hashem

Private Sector
Roxanne U. Bolden, Aloha Independent Living Hawaii
William Shiroma, Bank of Hawaii
Manu Anana, Department of Education
Joanna Markle, Hawaiian Electric Company
Samuel Moku, Hawaii Pacific University
Donald Aweau, Kilina’i Consulting
Elmer K. Kaai, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce

Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment After Job Loss

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Jeserel and Jennifer first came to HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center seeking assistance with their electric bills. Since Jeserel lost his job, he and Jennifer had a hard time paying their bills on time. The couple had received a disconnection notice from HECO. The staff at Kalihi-Palama District Service Center helped them apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

To help Jeserel find a new job, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff enrolled him to the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. During Job Readiness Training (JRT) classes, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff were able to leverage Jeserel’s past employment skills. They highlighted his past experience as a truck driver in his resume and helped him brush up on industry topics and terminology.

Jeserel’s hard work paid off. Last month, he obtained employment as a truck driver for Paradise Beverages. Through ECS funds, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff was able to purchase work attire (shoes, socks, work pants) for Jeserel. Staff also signed Jeserel and Jennifer’s children up for the Toys for Tots distribution in the upcoming holiday season.

Aiea Head Start Children Learn Safety Rules from Honolulu Fire Department

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Earlier this month, the children of Aiea I, II & Pre-Plus Head Start received a special visit from the Honolulu Fire Department, Station 10, Aiea Firefighters. They learned about Stop, Drop, and Roll and what to do if a fire breaks out. The firefighters demonstrated the gears and tools they use when responding to emergencies and gave the children a tour of the fire truck. The firefighters even let the children shoot water from the hose, which was a big highlight of the memorable day.

Get Your Home Weatherized During National Energy Awareness Month

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Did you know that October is National Energy Awareness Month? This past Wednesday was ENERGY STAR Day. Next Wednesday, October 30th will be Weatherization Day. Weatherization Day offers an opportunity to highlight the positive impacts the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has on millions of homes and families throughout the year.

During the 2018-19 program year, HCAP’s WAP program was able to weatherize 68 homes on Oahu; including the installation of 12 solar water heaters, 4 hybrid water heaters, and 23 energy star refrigerators. If you or someone you know would like to apply for WAP, please call your nearest HCAP District Service Center today!

Windward District Service Center Assists with Partner Organization’s Fundraiser

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Last Saturday, October 19th, Windward District Service Center’s Community Services Manager, Sonny Preston and Community Worker, Cory Dias actively volunteered their time at KEY Project’s Ohana Festival. KEY Project hosts Windward District Service Center’s Ohana Distribution each month where the program has been successful for over 20 years and counting. KEY Project runs solely on fundraising and the Ohana Festival is just one avenue to help keep the center running.