There is a great need for the poor and disadvantaged to have equal access to the internet. There is a great “Digital Divide” between those who have access to the internet, and those who are denied. Catholic Web Services is planning to help fill this divide by offering cost-effective ways to bring computers and internet access to those who can’t afford this needed resource.
Greater Good Technology is a new ministry developed by Catholic Web Services to help give disadvantaged people access & training in technology. We have developed a successful pilot program here in our hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. Greater Good Technology’s program aims to help homeless people, by giving them a fair seat at the table to search for a job.
Give each homeless person an identity: today’s society requires modern communications to be on a level field for employment. We help in finding cost-effective ways to acquire a personal cell phone, voice mail, and e-mail. Many who qualify for food assistance can get a cell phone through a FREE program.
Peer Training Program: Catholic Web Services has developed a training program to assist in learning basic skills in using computers, office skills, & job searching. Catholic Web Services worked with local area social services to identify a person who could learn new computer skills and would then teach other homeless the same skills. The trainer is given a stipend for each person trained which is verified by online training system at Catholic Web Services.
Greater Good Technology: Catholic Web Services grants a Google Chromebook through our mentoring program to a person who is a good candidate to train others in his/her peer group. With the access to free wi-fi in many places in Charlottesville, and a homeless support facility called The Haven, they can offer trainings to others and foster possibilities of employment and housing. The trainer works to pay back the cost of the Chromebook, and continues to use the computer for training and personal use.
- FREE Google Apps: Google offers a great way for the homeless to get modern office technology and store their work in the cloud.
- G-Drive, with storage for resume and correspondence, and with Google Docs word processing.
- G-Mail, e-mail system
- G-Voice, personal voicemail system–linked to their personal cell phone number
Catholic Web Services has trained a homeless gentleman in our pilot program. Our Director, Carl Stacy became friends through a local mentoring program with this man. He receives community supports with case management, housing and education, and he was excited to have this opportunity to help others and help himself. He is now beginning to train other people in the community and pass on this valuable knowledge and skills to those in most need. We were thankful for an initial grant from the Lions Club, but need your help to grow this deserving ministry.
UPDATE (October 2014): We have partnered with The Haven for referrals & and are working in partnership with TJACH (Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for Homelessness) and Piedmont House. Catholic Web Services, Inc. was granted 501c3 tax-exempt status, and all contributions are tax deductible.
Your donation will help to bring the beauty and power of the internet with Greater Good Technology to those in need. You can make secure donations of any amount to Greater Good Technology with the PayPal link below:
SINGLE DONATIONS (Any amount welcome)
MONTHLY DONATIONS (Menu offers multiple options)
Please donate online or contact John Clem if you have any questions, or if you would like to bring this program to your community:
phone: (434) 202-4297