Juggling is more than a motion. It's a mentality that achieves balance between the things you can grab hold of and the things out of your control. John Henneman, a married father of five young children frequently juggles his family life with his work life. A self-employed carpenter by trade, John and his wife Brook live in Grand Marais, Minnesota; here is where they homeschool three of their five children. More often than not he'll work from home to work on invoices for his business, or to help out with his children.
If you ask John how he stays on top of everything, he'll tell you a little about a laptop he received from PCs for People. "For me, it was just knowing that I could save time," said John when asked why he decided to buy the laptop.
Even though John seems like an expert managing everything with his laptop, he wasn't always this tech savvy. In fact, he had reservations about using the new technology. His digital literacy was limited before he bought the laptop. It wasn't until he stumbled upon a flier at his local post office that he considered buying a laptop.
PCs for People is now activating all Clear modems, even if they were not purchased from us. To have your Clear modem activated by us, stop by our St. Paul office. PCs for People recipients need to bring in the modem plus payment for the time needed to add on for the device . If you’re not a PCs for People recipient, bring in proof of eligibility (go to the recipient eligibility section of the website), a photo ID, the modem, and 40 dollars to activate your device for three months.
PCs for People has received a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to support digital inclusion through our PCs for Kids program. $170,000 has been 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.
The mobile refurbishing project will travel to Minnesota (Alexandria, Brainerd, Baxter, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, International Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Morris, Owatonna, St. Paul, Willmar), North Dakota (Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Wahpeton), and Wisconsin (Menomonie). The project seeks to increase broadband adoption, reduce electronic waste, and help bridge the digital divide in Bremer communities. Since launching PCs for Kids in 2010, PCs for People has successfully completed 42 events across the State of Minnesota.
PCs for People was featured in a Star Tribune article on January 2, 2014. Both our Executive Director and Founder help tell the story of our rapid growth in the number of computers we distribute as well as the addition of low-cost Internet service to our clients. The article was written by columnist Gail Rosenblum who focuses her columns on people, social issues, trends, and the complexities of human relationships.