HCAP WEEKLY September 28, 2020

Family Utilizes HCAP’s Wraparound Services to Improve Financial Situation
A New Career Path Opens Up for Nā Lima Hana Participant
Hā Initiative STEM Students Flex their Coding Skills and Enjoy Hands-On Learning
Head Start Encourages Students to Practice Proper Dental Hygiene


Family Utilizes HCAP’s Wraparound Services to Improve Financial Situation

Photo of Thornley Lantir

Thornley first paid a visit to the Leahi District Service Center in late July 2019. He learned of the Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) through family members that had previously found it to be a practical resource that supported their needs. Thornley received assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provided economic relief to help with his electric bills. 

Last week, Thornley received the same assistance and is extremely grateful for this service, especially during these difficult times. His wife will be enrolled in HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program to receive assistance with seeking part-time employment. Through this program, she will receive job-readiness training, resume development, financial literacy education, and interview coaching. 

Every year during the holiday season, HCAP partners with Helping Hands Hawaii to connect families in need with generous donors in the local community, emphasizing the spirit of giving and kindness. Thornley recently submitted an application for this program and looks forward to receiving gifts for his household of seven. Thornley has expressed that HCAP is a comforting resource for him and his family and he is glad to know it is there when he may need it.

To apply for the LIHEAP Program visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-liheap/


A New Career Path Opens Up for Nā Lima Hana Participant

Staff from the Leahi District Service Center met with Shyna after she had expressed the need for employment to help support herself and her 7 year old son. At the time, her only income was through financial assistance from the state and food stamp benefits. During the job search process, Shyna was able to provide HCAP staff with an extensive list of her job skills. She was very cooperative and willing to consider any employment opportunity that presented itself.

The Leahi District Service Center partners with Salvation Army Family Treatment Services’ Ke Ola Pono Therapeutic Living Center to offer HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program to individuals who need assistance in obtaining and maintaining employment. With the program’s help, Shyna successfully landed part-time employment at the University of Hawaii Federal Credit Union as a Call Center Representative. 

Shyna expressed her gratitude for the opportunity and looks forward to pursuing a long term career there, stating “I am very thankful that you and your staff took the time to come to Ke Ola Pono and help us. We really needed guidance and with your support and feedback, we got that.” Leahi District Service Center staff also provided Shyna with an application for ‘Adopt a Family’, where families “adopt” a family to provide gifts during the holidays. Shyna was excited to have the chance to participate, and wanted to thank all the Leahi District staff again for their help, referrals to other resources, and words of encouragement.

For more information on HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, visit our website: https://www.hcapweb.org/na-lima-hana-employment-core-services-program/.


Hā Initiative STEM Students Flex their Coding Skills and Enjoy Hands-On Learning

This week at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program hosted a Family Night. As lessons with mixture and solutions continued, participants made a 3-ingredient peach cobbler. Students discussed how a cobbler is actually a mixture and not a solution, because the components do not dissolve together. Participants also talked more in-depth about each of the ingredients and reviewed relevant module vocabulary. They collaboratively discussed which ingredients classify as solvents and how the canned peaches, cake mix and butter have characteristics that distinguish them as different types of elements in the mixture. They also worked on identifying the solute — the liquid in the can the peaches come in. Students enjoyed this activity and the cobbler; some students substituted other fruits such as bananas and apples. 

Next, the students went over what they had been programming in Python, a high-level coding language used to script games and software, in the weeks leading up to Family Night, when they worked on creating automated invitation guest lists. Each of the students showcased their guest list and other coding projects that they had been working on. The students had fun getting the opportunity to show their families what they had learned and accomplished. All of the students and family members enjoyed their time spent together having fun with each of the evening’s activities.

For more information about Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/ha-initiative/


Head Start Encourages Students to Practice Proper Dental Hygiene

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HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start are always advocating for proper early preventative dental and medical care — even while distance learning. During our Family Engagement Workshops (conducted by our Family Advocates) we will be handing out information packets with resources for each attending family. In September, we focused on Dental Hygiene. All families present took home our HCAP book ‘Brush’um’, and any keiki enrolled in our program will also receive a dental gift pack with a toothbrush kit, including: a toothbrush chart, toothbrush, sticker, dental floss and a toothbrush holder, along with a bunch of helpful dental health information.

In addition to our HCAP staff encouraging dental hygiene, we partner with Cavity Free Curriculum who also offer valuable resources and presentations for our staff and families. Our teaching staff were presented with a Cavity Free Curriculum Presentation that offers interactive dental presentations that show what happens when teeth are brushed. The teaching staff were trained to use the Cavity Free Curriculum during their weekly meeting with our keiki to reinforce dental hygiene.

For more information about HCAP Head Start and Early Head Start visit: https://www.hcapweb.org/headstart/