HCAP WEEKLY September 13, 2021

Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Explores Partnership Opportunities with Partners in Development Foundation
HCAP’s Central District Finds New Ways to Serve the Community Despite Pandemic Challenges
Don’t Forget: Two Weeks Left to “Give Aloha” to HCAP When You Shop at Foodland Stores
HCAP Head Start Returns to Distance Learning


Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Explores Partnership Opportunities with Partners in Development Foundation

As part of an ongoing commitment to strengthening the local community through long-lasting nonprofit partnerships, the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP) has been exploring new partnership opportunities with Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF)

Recently, staff from HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program were able to meet with representatives from various programs offered by PIDF to learn more about their offerings and discuss potential avenues for collaboration. 

Nā Lima Hana staff became acquainted with the range of services PIDF offers through programs like Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana, as well as the organization’s Ke Kama Pono Safehouse and Kupa ʻAina natural farm. 

Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana is a family educational program located at Blanche Pope Elementary School that allows parents and children to learn together. While children prepare to succeed academically, their parents learn effective parenting skills, ways to improve on their own education, and prepare to secure future employment. 

Ke Kama Pono is a safehouse program for adjudicated youth on Oʻahu. The participants are young men ages 13 to 17, who reside in the house while preparing to integrate back into their households and society. Ke Kama Pono works with these young men to develop emotional stability and social skills and to work through past trauma, while also providing schooling and family support in a Native Hawaiian cultural context. 

Kupa ‘Aina is a natural farming program aimed at fighting food insecurity in Hawaiʻi through the use of natural farming practices. These practices serve to rejuvenate the land while bringing families and communities together for a healthier, sustainable, and food-secure future. 

The partnership with Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services will provide a bridge for the individuals and families participating in PIDF programs to be referred to HCAP for employment services, while also creating more access to PIDF programs for Nā Lima Hana participants in need of those services. 

For more information about HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, Click Here


 

HCAP’s Central District Finds New Ways to Serve the Community Despite Pandemic Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all, particularly the many local businesses and organizations that have always provided in-person services. Those who serve the vulnerable members of our community have had to navigate new, increasing levels of need while adapting the way services are delivered. Staff at HCAP’s Central District Service Center shared that they have worked to keep programs thriving through the pandemic by remaining open and finding new ways to help those in need. One way this has been accomplished is through revitalizing existing community partnerships. 

Since the pandemic began, HCAP’s successful partnership with Oʻahu’s work furlough programs has been on hold. Services through this partnership, such as employment preparation and job development classes for work furlough participants, were anticipated to restart this summer. However, the situation now remains uncertain due to the recent surges of COVID-19 case numbers on Oʻahu. 

In an effort to provide services in some capacity to individuals transitioning to work furlough programs on the island, Central District Service Center began working with John Dudoit, Jr., founder of Makana O Ke Akua, Inc. (MOKA). MOKA is a structured transitional home for men, designed to help recovering substance abuse offenders maintain a positive, sober lifestyle. John created MOKA to give others life-changing support that he was given during his recovery, and to help these men reconnect, reunite, and restore connections in their community, the workforce, and their ʻohana.

Katy Perry, Community Services Manager at HCAP’s Central District Service Center, shared that “there can never be too much support when dealing with individuals who have experienced so much destruction in their lives,” and that she is excited to be able to offer HCAP’s services to the men of MOKA. “We love their mission and vision,” she said, “and we have the same desire to make a difference in the lives of others.” Since 2003, John and his team have been able to establish twelve clean and sober homes across Oʻahu. Central District Service Center is proud to be added to MOKA’s roster of providers that can help make a lasting impression on those transitioning back into the community.


Don’t Forget: Two Weeks Left to “Give Aloha” to HCAP When You Shop at Foodland Stores

There are just two weeks left to make charitable donations while you shop during Give Aloha, Foodland’s Annual Community Matching Gifts Program! The Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. is proud to be participating again this year as one of the organizations Foodland shoppers can choose to “Give Aloha” at checkout. 

Throughout the month of September, Maikaʻi Card members are invited to make donations of up to $249 to a participating Hawaiʻi nonprofit of their choice. Foodland then provides a matching gift to participating organizations based on these customer donations. 

Through September 30, consider supporting HCAP when you shop at any Foodland, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms store! To make a donation, use HCAP’s Give Aloha code #77207 when using your Maikaʻi Card at the register. 100% of your donation will help HCAP provide early childhood education, job training, housing, and opportunities for self-sufficiency for Oʻahu’s most needy families.


HCAP Head Start Returns to Distance Learning

This past week, HCAP Head Start students completed their first Distance Learning lessons! 

Kaiden from Pauoa was excited to joined his teachers, Ms. Marjorie and Ms. Denise on Zoom. The three read a book called “Emotions” together. After their lesson, Kaiden’s teachers went over a Family Activity that the keiki are assigned to do at home with a parent.

Click Here for more information about HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start.