Reader-submitted content: Habitat for Humanity receives computers

Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1976, is a self-help, hand-up model that has resulted in rehabbed, repaired or new housing for more than 2 million people worldwide.

Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties is part of this global effort. Since 1999, Habitat RCC has built, rehabbed or repaired 14 houses, and is currently working on its ninth home in Portales with plans to begin an additional home in Clovis immediately after completion.

However, many of those households have been missing an essential tool for modern living — a computer where schoolwork, budgets, and other personally enriching activities can be shared by the entire family.

Habitat RCC is participating in a new program available through Habitat for Humanity International and Redemtech Inc., a Columbus-based IT asset recovery business that helps large companies recycle or resell their old computer equipment.

Fairly new computers that are “cast-aside” when businesses refresh their IT networks often have plenty of life left in them. So Habitat and Redemtech are now distributing these computers to Habitat families. Refurbished, equipped with Microsoft Windows and Office software, and with 90 days of tech support and training, these computers are the first many families have ever owned.

On Saturday, nine partner families from Clovis and Portales attended our training session at Kiva Realty, a Habitat RCC-supporting business. They received instruction in the different pieces of hardware, how to hook up all the cords and cables, and an introduction to the software included on their new computers. The crucial topic of Internet safety was also covered, although homeowners will be responsible for obtaining their own Internet access.

Many of the parents were very concerned about their children using the computer, and greatly appreciated the safety features provided.

“This is so great,” said first Clovis homeowner Karen Banister. “My younger daughter is just getting into high school, and this will really help her with homework.”

Our newest partner family, Roman and Erica Ramos, have a young son, age 3, and are thrilled to finally have their own computer.

“No more having to use the library computers,” Erica Ramos said.

Redemtech Inc. has set up its own internal program called the Serious Good Project, to promote businesses that donate their old IT equipment can enjoy increased tax benefits while helping low-income families. Redemtech includes a no-charge recycling option for the computers as a standard part of the donation process, and ensures that the recipients get a high-value working asset.

The participating Habitat homeowners agreed to recycle these computers through Redemtech if they should ever decide to replace or upgrade them.

Information: Contact Habitat RCC by calling 359-1344 or visiting www.habitatrcc.com, or visit the Redemtech Inc. website at www.redemtech.com.