When I was 17 years old I first experienced homelessness in Minnesota. It was a scary and hopeless time in my life - a position I never thought I’d be in. I was moving around from shelters and friend’s couches, but nothing lasted longer than a few nights. In the middle of February, I wanted nothing more than a warm bed, and a stable place to call home.

I became overwhelmed with how hard it was to apply for jobs, update my resume, and find the right resources to help me find housing. I had an old smartphone but I wasn’t able to connect to the internet, and computers at the library were limited. My friend received a computer from PCs for People and let me use it while I was staying with them. I knew that having a laptop could improve my life. Just imagine needing to do a simple google search to find a name or phone number without a computer or smartphone.

When I got connected to PCs for People, they provided me with more than just a laptop and mobile internet, they offered support and hope as I worked through my life situation. The staff took the time to get to know me, and because of that, I was given referrals to more resources and a computer that fit my situation.

Supporters like you make someone’s experience at PCs for People life changing. You could be helping someone get into college, apply for their dream job, or helping someone like me escape homelessness.

As my first computer, this laptop opened up a whole new world for me. I was highly mobile and it was easy to take my laptop everywhere with me. I worked with the digital literacy team at PCs for People to earn employer-recognized computer credentials, and they helped me update my resume to make sure my skill sets stand out. Having access to a computer IS a basic need. Without it, I would have been unable to move my life forward and would most likely still be stuck in the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

I now have permanent housing, a stable job, and am starting college in January to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration! I am asking for your help.  Please make a contribution to the PCs for People year-end campaign. They are helping thousands of people across the country receive their first computer. Your support can help them reach their fundraising goal of $10,000.

Sincerely, Tasha - PCs for People Computer Recipient