HCAP Weekly September 23, 2019

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STEM Students Take Field Trip to Kualoa Ranch Education Center
HCAP Staff Attend RPIC Conference
Head Start Parent Obtains Credential and Becomes Assistant Teacher 
Kumuhonua Resident Obtains Permanent Housing with Rapid Re-housing Funds
HCAP Staff Attend the WorkForce Career Fair


STEM Students Take Field Trip to Kualoa Ranch Education Center

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This past weekend, students from HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, took a field trip to the Kualoa Ranch Education Center. With more than 100 individuals in attendance, students along with teachers and families explored the ranch’s ahupua’a (the area of land running from the mountains to the sea).

The students and families began their journey on a trail at the edge of Kualoa Ranch Education Center. Further along the trail, the group came across a herd of grazing cattle, which were admired from a distance. The students especially enjoyed seeing calves that were only weeks old. They were educated by Maluhia, their guide, about local plant life and some of the traditional legends surrounding the valley. Maluhia identified some invasive plant species and discussed why they cause erosion problems.

The group hiked past a few lo’i taro patches down to the beach at Kaneohe bay to help clean up some of the rubbish that frequently washes ashore as an act of “mālama āina” (to care for the land). Before lunch, students hand-fed many of the farm animals at the ranch, including cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, and geese.

The group closed out the field trip with lunch. All in all, it was a fun and educational Sunday outing.


HCAP Staff Attend RPIC Conference

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From September 16 to September 18th, HCAP staff attended the Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC) Region IX Conference at the Ala Moana Hotel. The RPIC Conference, which was hosted by the California Community Action Partnership Association (CALCAPA) with support from the Hawaii Community Action Program Directors Association (HCAPDA), provided attendees with the opportunity to discuss training and technical assistance needs and identify strategies to address these needs.

There was also training on best practices and a lively discussion on current hot topics such as immigration issues. After the training, some of the attendees attended a luau dinner show at Germaine’s Luau.


Head Start Parent Obtains Credential and Becomes Assistant Teacher

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Earlier this year, HCAP Weekly had profiled Tammie, a Head Start parent and Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program participant, who was able to work her way up from classroom volunteer to Substitute Assistant Teacher with assistance from the Central District Service Center. We are happy to report that Tammie has since completed the necessary coursework needed to earn a Child Development Associate (CDA) certification.

Central District Service Center staff helped Tammie update her resume. With a CDA as an added credential, Tammie was hired as an Assistant Teacher.

But Tammie’s journey is not done: her next goal is to return back to school to obtain an associate’s degree. Tammie appreciates all the help that she has received from Central District Service Center staff and says that she loves her job and getting to spend more time with her kids. Central District Service Center staff would like to congratulate Tammie on everything that she has accomplished so far and encourages her to continue reaching for her dreams.


Kumuhonua Resident Obtains Permanent Housing with Rapid Re-housing Funds

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In January 2017, Christopher received an eviction notice from his landlord. He had no choice but to vacate his home and eventually became homeless, living on the streets of Kalihi for several months. By March of that same year, Christopher was living at an emergency shelter at the Institute for Human Services (IHS). He lived at IHS’ Sumner Men’s Shelter until September 2017, when he moved into HCAP’s Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center.

Upon moving into Kumuhonua, Christopher attended financial literacy workshops on budgeting and worked on increasing his income.  He worked with his case manager to obtain income from the General Assistance Program at the Department of Human Services.  Christopher also worked with the disability advocate to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

During his stay at Kumuhonua, Christopher was intent on improving his health and well-being, receiving services from Ke Ola Mamo, Oahu’s Native Hawaiian Health Care System and participating in nutrition workshops. He also attended workshops on budgeting and savings and gained the necessary skills needed to become self-sufficient. With the help and guidance of Kumuhonua’s housing specialist and case manager, Christopher was able to make progress on his housing search.

After being put on the waitlist for Academy Garden Apartments, Christopher received notice of an opening in August 2019. Through HCAP’s Rapid Re-housing Program, Christopher will be receiving rental subsidies.  Christopher successfully exited  Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center on September 1st. Kumuhonua staff wishes Christopher well and hopes that he utilizes all the skills obtained at Kumuhonua.


HCAP Staff Attend the WorkForce Career Fair

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On Tuesday, September 17th, HCAP staff attended the WorkForce Career Fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center as a Community Partner. HCAP staff from the Corporate Office and District Service Centers used the event as an opportunity to provide information about HCAP programs and services, as well as to share current employment opportunities. Brochures and enrollment information were distributed to attendees who visited HCAP’s booth.

Click here to see HCAP’s current employment opportunities.