HCAP WEEKLY September 12, 2022

Head Start Keiki Study Vegetables and Fruits
Windward Clients Overcome Barriers to Employment
Kumuhonua Participant Works Toward Recovery and Stability
Former Client Thanks Kalihi-Palama Staff for Support


Head Start Keiki Study Vegetables and Fruits

A study of planting is underway at ʻAiea’s Head Start classroom. Keiki developed their fine motor, logic, and reasoning skills by making visual and tactile predictions about produce. They compared and contrasted fruits with vegetables and classified produce as roots based upon how they grow.

During center time, they explored a pomegranate, avocado, onion, potato, ginger and sweet potato while employing their senses: touch, sight, hearing, and smell. Keiki enjoyed using tweezers to pick out seeds, group them based on size, shape, and color, and count the number of seeds in each fruit. 

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Windward Clients Overcome Barriers to Employment

Four participants in HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program have obtained employment with local company Tropical Farms, overcoming challenges they had previously faced while searching for jobs. Due to their involvement with the justice system, the participants had been struggling to find work. They enrolled in the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program at HCAP’s Windward District Service Center, where staff created individual service plans for each participant, provided them with job readiness training and resume writing assistance, and supplied them with hygiene kits. 

These participants were soon hired by Tropical Farms, thanks to management’s willingness to consider applicants who may be turned away by other employers because of their past. “This is how we uplift our community,” said Kalena, a manager at Tropical Farms. Windward District Service Center staff hope that by partnering with Tropical Farms, they can continue providing participants of all backgrounds with the opportunities and tools to succeed in the workforce.

After being hired, the participants received initial employment attire through Nā Lima Hana. They have since been reaching their employment milestones of 30, 60, and 90 days on the job, and showing great progress at work. Windward District Service Center staff will continue to support them on their journey to self-sufficiency.

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Kumuhonua Participant Works Toward Recovery and Stability

Jackie, a participant at Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center, is taking steps toward long-term stability with the support of her case manager. For many Kumuhonua participants, a variety of supportive services are needed before they can obtain permanent housing. Leinaala, Jackie’s case manager, recognized that Jackie was in need of mental health services in order to make the transition from Kumuhonua to permanent housing.

Leinaala connected Jackie with a mental health care coordinator through HMSA, as well as a temporary mental health case manager with CARE Hawaii. Receiving the specialized care she needs is essential to Jackie’s recovery, and Leinaala considers this to be a major accomplishment. “As long as Jackie plays a proactive role in her recovery, there is no reason why she cannot succeed,” Leinaala said. Kumuhonua staff are excited about Jackie’s progress, and will ensure that she stays on track.

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Former Client Thanks Kalihi-Palama Staff for Support

This week, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff received a heartfelt message of thanks from a previous Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services participant, Kyle, who has since secured new employment. He shared that he is transitioning from a job at a restaurant to a higher-paying position, after joining a local laborers’ union. He has also obtained medical coverage, and recently got his driver’s license. Kyle told Kalihi-Palama staff that he is focused on working and saving money, and “moving forward in a positive direction.” 

Kyle was previously incarcerated, and Kalihi-Palama staff worked closely with him to make sure he had the resources necessary to get a fresh start. In addition to assisting with his job search, staff guided him through applying for medical coverage and referred him for legal services through Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi

“Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart,” Kyle told Kalihi-Palama staff. “I appreciate all that you did for me.”

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