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CAMBA and The Rogosin Institute Dedicate a New Computer Lab at The Kensington Family Shelter, Helping Homeless Children and Parents Bridge the Digital Divide
Brooklyn, NY, May 18, 2016 – CAMBA and The Rogosin Institute dedicated a new computer lab at The Kensington Family Shelter, which will give homeless children and teens the technological tools to complete homework assignments and enable parents to create resumes and conduct online job searches.
The 21 Apple Mac computers and a printer were donated by Rogosin, a non-profit treatment, research, education and prevention institute focusing on kidney disease. Rogosin, with eight integrative care centers in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens, is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) and Weill Cornell Medicine. Rogosin also donated technical assistance to set up the lab and train CAMBA staff members to manage it.
“The lab will help young people and their families build critical computer skills, compete successfully in our highly technical world and bridge the digital divide that limits the upward mobility of people in low-income communities,” said Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO of CAMBA. “We are grateful to Rogosin for making this generous and life-changing investment in our families,” she added.
“True health has been appropriately defined as a ‘total state of well-being.’ Rogosin is committed to the ‘total’ health of all those whom it serves, “said Dr. Barry Smith, President and CEO of The Rogosin Institute. “Providing the residents of The Kensington Family Shelter with the chance to learn new marketable skills and to thereby create new and better opportunities – and lives for them and their families – is as much a part of healthcare as the medical things we do. We are privileged to be able to do this for these families.”
“This new computer lab will ensure that families in The Kensington Family Shelter have the resources they need to complete homework assignments, conduct job searches and stay connected to a high tech world,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “Access to computers and good technical skills are a necessity for both kids and adults to succeed today. Thank you to the Rogosin Institute and CAMBA for your partnership, for bringing this much needed resource to our neighborhood, and working to close the digital divide in Kensington.
“Long-term, easy access to computers – and the classes that we currently offer and plan to expand – will help our young people and parents build skills that will give them the ability to compete successfully in today’s work world,” said Denise Lalande-Phipps, Director of The Kensington Family Shelter. “That life-changing impact is a fundamental goal at The Kensington: We want to ensure that that every individual here has the services they need to become self-sufficient and permanently housed.”
Joel Santos, a parent living at The Kensington, said that the computer lab is especially valuable to m. “I can download an application for a new residence, and I’m using it for school purposes, school assignments and information research.”
“I really try to use the computers to locate an apartment,” said parent Berlyz Rivera. The lab enables her to keep her daughter Serenity entertained while she works. “My daughter gets to watch her children’s shows on the computer, allowing me to focus on my research.”
Juliette Duzant also said she relies on the computer lab to look for housing, while “my son uses the computers to play educational games.”
The Kensington, which opened in late 2015, is home to 64 families, including 72 children. CAMBA’s staff provides case management for each family, helping them cope with any crisis that may arise, including emergency food, clothing, carfare and other needs. Staff members also help families search for permanent, affordable housing, secure benefits and obtain jobs, job training and education.
CAMBA, one of New York City’s largest human services organizations, operates The Kensington, with funding from the New York City Department of Homeless Services.
The Rogosin Institute has a long history of community involvement, including supporting Computer Clubs in Romania and Bulgaria, which provides access and computer skills to about 2,000 youth. The goal of the Computer Clubs is to help youth gain marketable skills, enabling them to compete for information-age jobs.
About The Rogosin Institute
Rogosin is an independent not-for-profit treatment and research center affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) and Weill Cornell Medicine. It is a Sponsored Member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network. Rogosin is one of the nation's leading centers for kidney disease, providing services from early stage disease to more serious problems requiring dialysis and transplantation. The Institute is unique in its combination of the best in clinical care with research into new and better ways to prevent and treat kidney disease, as well as the diseases that contribute to it, such as hypertension, diabetes, and lipid disorders. The Rogosin Institute is committed to produce a unique applicable model for optimal, cost-effective health care and health promotion. For more information, view www.rogosin.org
Started in 1977, CAMBA is a nonprofit agency that connects people with opportunities to enhance their quality of
life. CAMBA offers integrated services and programs in: Economic Development, Education & Youth Development, Family Support, Health, Housing and Legal Services. CAMBA serves more than 45,000 individuals and families, including 9,000 youth, each year. Learn more about CAMBA’s life-changing services at www.camba.org.
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