HCAP WEEKLY October 26, 2020

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Honolulu Community College and HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Program Team up to Provide Employment Services and Tuition Assistance
Furloughed Housekeeper Pursues a New Career as a Nurse Aide with the Help of HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Program
Client with Chronic Medical Condition Thanks Leahi District Staff For Helping Keep Her Electricity On
Despite Challenging New Classroom Realities, HCAP Head Start Keiki Are Still Smiling!


Honolulu Community College and HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Program Team Up to Provide Employment Services and Tuition Assistance

HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center has gained another partner in the world of higher education and employment readiness on O‘ahu. HCAP’s ECS program coordinator  introduced the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff  to Jarret Yip, Honolulu Community College’s (HCC) Program Coordinator for the Continuing Education Program, Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training. HCC’s Continuing Education Program has many students and staff members taking non-credit educational courses who could benefit from HCAP’s employment and wrap-around services. Through this developing partnership, HCC’s Continuing Education Program and HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program will provide employment services and tuition assistance for vocational training to eligible students and staff. 

An on-going aspect of HCAP’s ECS Program is to network with local institutions and organizations to increase awareness of the services offered at HCAP. This partnership will help the Kalihi-Palama District Service Center to provide clients with another avenue to gain self-sustainability and self-reliance.

This new partnership is especially heart-warming for the Kalihi-Palama District staff as two of their Community Workers, Carla and Melani, are both HCC alumni. Thanks to their work, they are now able to give back to their alma mater!

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


Furloughed Housekeeper Pursues a New Career as a Nurse Aide with the Help of HCAP’s Employment Core Services

Jinele was working as a housekeeper at the Ritz-Carlton Residences until she was furloughed in June due to COVID-19. As a single mom with two children, Jinelle wanted to further her education to obtain a more financially stable career. After connecting with HCAP’s Central District Service Center staff, Jinele requested tuition assistance to attend the Caregiver Training School in Honolulu. Shortly after, she received assistance for her tuition through HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program and successfully enrolled in the Nurse Aide Training Program. She obtained her certification of completion on August 5, 2020 and was also able to pass her Prometric Exam! Jinelle’s is excited to see what the future holds and her next goal is to obtain employment in the healthcare industry as a Nurse Aide. 

Central District Service Center is very excited for Jinele as she continues to make progress on her journey towards self-sufficiency and independence. Our agency continues to help those affected by COVID-19 regain employment and reach their educational and financial goals.

If you  or someone you know someone is currently furloughed and in search of a new career, email: NaLimaHana@hcapweb.org


Client with Chronic Medical Condition Thanks Leahi District Staff For Helping Keep Her Electricity On

Tonia was first referred to HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center through a Social Worker roughly three years ago. With ongoing challenges due to her medical condition, Tonia has struggled with the high cost of her utility bills and was recently faced with a possible service disconnection. But thanks to HCAP’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP) Program, Tonia’s electricity bill was paid and she was able to keep her electricity on.

“Thank you HCAP for helping me pay my electric bill and prevent a service interruption,” Tonia wrote to Leahi District staff. “I have high monthly electric bills due to my medical condition, which I struggle to pay as I am disabled. Your services are greatly appreciated and I cannot thank you enough.”

Tonia also shared that HCAP has been a consistent and reliable resource that has provided her with tremendous help throughout the past years.She expressed that she is especially grateful to receive HCAP’s services in the midst of COVID-19, as many people with chronic health issues, such as herself, are even more susceptible to becoming severely ill. HCAP has been a solid outlet of hope for Tonia and she hopes many more people like herself can benefit from HCAP’s services.

For more information on HCAP’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-liheap/


Despite Challenging New Classroom Realities, HCAP Head Start Keiki Are Still Smiling!

COVID-19 has affected everyone, from our kupuna to our youngest keiki. But despite this challenging new reality, our HCAP Head Start keiki continue to learn and grow with the help of their teachers, parents and family. Here are some ways our keiki have been adapting to learning from home!

Kiyrae from Halawa is playing a memory game with teachers Ms. Mei and Uncle Aaron.  Using letters of her name, Kiyrae is developing her literacy, cognition, and language skills through regular virtual lessons and reinforcement. Kiyrae and her teachers started their lesson with the “Good Morning” song to establish the lesson for the day and begin Kiyrae’s day on a positive note! 

Drew from Wahiawa United Methodist Church classroom and his mom used a “no cook” play-doh recipe provided by teachers Ms. Joy and Ms. Erin. Drew helped his mom mix the ingredients. This kind of hands-on activity helps him to gain experience and practical knowledge of concepts such as measurement, counting, and connecting measurements to physical amounts. By making a pizza and later a snake, Drew learned some early math concepts such as fractions (i.e. how to “half” the pizza)!

Kennedy from Halawa is using her “Attent-o-Scope,” a concept that is drawn from Head Start’s Second Step Curriculum designed to teach preschool and kindergarten-aged children social-emotional skills and learning strategies. The Attent-o-Scope is taught to help young children begin to use self-talk to focus their attention. Using visuals of what these concepts look like, along with teacher modeling, storytelling, and practicethis strategy helps kids “switch” their focus and pay attention to the task at hand. Kennedy is really focusing now!For more information on HCAP’s Head Start and Early Head Start Program, please visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/headstart/