Due to serious illness David became home bound three years ago. In a previous job he had used a computer to complete specific tasks. He had used email on a dialup connection. Since being home bound David didn’t have access to a computer or the internet and didn’t believe it had anything to do with him.
Enter Patty and ACCEL CYC. ACCEL has developed partnerships with 28 various types of housing developments where they teach courses and sometimes assist with the establishment of public access computers. The Coshocton Commons, where David lives, is a housing development catering to residents that are elderly or disabled. Patty is a CYC corps member who recruited residents door to door convincing them that learning to use the Internet can add value to their lives. So far, she has taught two classes at the Commons.
Since completing the CYC course, David signed up for a new broadband connection. He obtained a low cost, refurbished computer from ACCEL which Patty delivered to his home. David is now able to use the Social Security website. He uses social networking to stay in touch with his friends and family, especially his father in Florida. David feels he can “be with the community again” and has “access to the world.” This is how David defines his new “freedom”.
Patty Javis, Corps Member
Sue Shipitalo, Compliance Specialist
ACCEL Connect Your Community