*We're currently out of internet modems. We'll have more internet devices available to sell in December.
At PCs for People we're aware of the frustration this gap in availability may cause. That's why we truly appreciate the patience and understanding of our valued PCs for People recipients during this time.
Losing your job can feel a lot like being rear-ended by life. No one expects to become unemployed, but when it happens, you assess the damage and try to move forward. Since the recession of the late 2000's, finding a new job hasn't come easy for most. It helps to have all the tools necessary to nudge you into your next job opportunity. Thornton Jones knows this first hand. Tools like having a personal computer and access to internet become essential when searching for employment. In today's ever growing cyberspace world, Thornton considers himself blessed to have come across PCs for People after losing his job.
A 63-year-old social worker by trade, Thornton was laid off from his job as a male responsibility and parenting coach. "I'm not exactly sure if it was my age or the recession, but I was replaced by guys that were less than half my age." Thornton said thoughtfully. In spite of being laid off, he isn't bitter about losing his job. He exudes a composed and relaxed optimism. An attitude we would later discover is a recurring theme for Thornton's general outlook on life.
Thornton's ability to find the silver lining when faced with difficult life circumstances has helped him stay proactive about assisting with the care of his 92-year-old mother and his 47-year-old son. Thornton's son has lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that damages various parts of the body. His son also has rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder. The arthritis affects the lining of joints in a way that eventually leads to bone erosion and joint deformity.
"He's in constant pain." Thornton told us. "Some days he can't get out of bed because of the pain. There are other days when he's not quite pain free but he's mobile." In addition to searching for jobs, Thornton uses the laptop he received from PCs for People to improve his son's quality of life.
"We do a lot of medical research on his condition, looking for natural ways to ease his pain," Thornton explained. He said that his son also uses the laptop to reconnect with old friends, which is a welcomed change in Thornton's opinion. Before they had the laptop Thornton's son spent most of his time watching T.V.
Our PCs for Kids program has caught the eye of a local news station. Wednesday, October 23 KSTP channel 5 news ran a story about our Jackson Preparatory School event. PCs for People was able to distributed 150 computers to low-income families at the school thanks to funding for the PCs for Kids program.The computers were fully equipped with a variety of software, Windows 7, and a 90-day warranty.
In 2013 PCs for People received a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to support digital inclusion through the PCs for Kids program. $170,00 was awarded to pay for the distribution of 2,400 computers to low-income families with school-aged children in 22 communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
You can watch the news coverage of us by clicking here: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3598342.shtml?cat=12196