Heartly House, Inc., provides myriad services to clients to help them through difficult periods in their life. But until recently, clients didn’t have access to computers for everyday use.
That changed June 7 when volunteers from BB&T Frederick Underwriters donated and helped set up two laptops, as well as desks and chairs for clients to use.
“We didnt have a computer there that they could use,” said Robin Rose, development manager for the Heartly House. “Just imagine how hard your everyday life would be if you didn’t have access to a computer.”
Rose said the computers have seen regular use by clients over the last few weeks.
“It’s quickly one of those things that once you have you think, ‘How did we manage without it?’ she said.
The Heartly House, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that works toward achieving a society free of violence by providing public education, working for equality and empowerment of everyone and providing services to survivors of family violence, rape, sexual assault and child abuse.
Rose said the computers are used by adult clients for job searches and online classes and that children use them for educational games and schoolwork, using software BB&T purchased.
“It allows the children to play educational games,” she said. “They also provided the Microsoft Office suite so the kids and parents have access to PowerPoint for school presentations.”