The Crucial Device Need.
Natalia (11 years old) and Francisco (7 years old)
They are both enrolled in online school and are having to complete it using a single cell phone. This has created lots of problems for them such as limited access to complete homework, sometimes not being able to attend virtual school due to the other sibling needing to use the phone, and the phone occasionally glitching or dying.
In addition, [we] are experiencing homelessness. This has led to them moving from place-to-place without a stable point of shelter. [We have even considered] pausing their education until we are able to get a computer for the children. Having access to a laptop will help them complete homework and have a more fulfilling educational experience by giving them a stable piece of technology that they can dedicate to school purposes.
[We are] working hard to overcome obstacles. By receiving a laptop, [Natalia and Francisco] will have a greater likelihood of succeeding in their education.
- The Alva Family at Family Promise
Ryan (14 years old) and Cassidy (15 years old)
Both of my sons need a laptop because they get marked absent from school every day during virtual learning because their phones do not support their schools' programs. I am home with them every day to watch them, and they get marked absent every day.
- The Edwards Family at Family Promise
Javaun (16 years old) and Trevon (17 years old)
I would never be able to afford a laptop for my boys, but it would absolutely be helpful for school and for college opportunities that are right around the corner. Both boys need to continue schooling online, and all library locations are closed.
- The Schell Family at Family Promise
A Conversation with Ms. W
Ms. W spoke little English, but tried her best to express how grateful she was to have received the laptop while living in the shelter with her daughter, Joy. Joy is able to complete her assignments and research needed materials online. It's also been a useful tool in helping Ms. W with learning English.
- Coalition for the Homeless
The Time Is Now.
Thank you for the generous donation of laptops for children in need. This donation has helped support our families transition over from the traditional way of schooling to the “new normal” of socially distant learning. This thoughtful donation has relieved the financial burden that several families faced when schooling switched onto an online platform.
Without personal laptops, it is nearly impossible to stay up to speed with the rest of the class since access to public computers at libraries is no longer an option due to COVID-19. Additionally, children using their parents' tablets or phones reported having a hard time accessing Zoom meetings or getting enough study time since they may have been sharing devices with siblings and parents. In general, homelessness has a devastating impact on homeless children and youth's educational opportunities, but thanks to this important donation, we have been able to empower, support and make education equitable and shame-free for our families in need.
- Family Wellness Services Staff Member at Raphael House, July 2020