We recently provided several refurbished laptops to North Shore Restorative Justice Society (NSRJ) for use by their staff. The refurbished laptops will help ensure funding is directed toward program development rather than costly new computer equipment.
NSRJ develops, promotes and provides restorative approaches to prevent and heal harm caused by conflict and crime. They connect with affected individuals, families and organizations to strengthen their diverse community.
We know the laptops will help the team continue to deliver their great programs!
[caption id="attachment_7618" align="aligncenter" width="389"] Refurbished laptops help NSRJ team members with daily tasks[/caption]
We were happy to receive this photo and note today from the Portland Hotel Society (PHS) in Vancouver! We make regular donations to the organization that are distributed to members of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. This recent donation to benefit youth was received by a pair of sisters, who were extremely excited about their new computer!
"These two sisters are in elementary school. Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has the most ethnically diverse population of young students in the city. Unfortunately it also has the largest number of children participating in food programs. This donated laptop is a wonderful item well beyond the family budget of these young gals and their hard working Mom. Thank you ERA!"
PHS Community Services Society is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver. Their goal is to provide housing, service and advocacy to those poorly served in Vancouver's DTES community and beyond. Since its inception, the PHS has made an effort and tried to be a community leader in pioneering and delivering service innovations that are effective, real and challenge existing narratives that keep people excluded from decent housing, quality health care and other services while being left to suffer on the street.
Computers for women: Discovery House Family Violence Prevention Society helps women and children flee domestic violence and get back on their feet. Over the past several years, ERA has worked with Discovery House to provide computers for women accessing their programs. The computers are provided to Discovery House who then distribute them to women who need them to reach their goals and enrich their quality of life.
We were honored to sit down with Discovery House's Executive Director to learn more about the organization's programs and the impact that having technology has on women as they journey back to health and success.