CAMBA Helps Homeless Families Bridge the Digital Divide at Flagstone Family Center
Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO of CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures, Malik Jones, Client of the Flagstone Family Center, Joslyn Carter, Administrator, NYC Department of Homeless Services, Daniel Levine, Chief Information Officer at The Rogosin Institute, Dr. Barry Smith, President and CEO at The Rogosin Institute, Jeremy Syrop, Deputy Director of Older and Vulnerable Youth Programs, New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development, Richard Hall, Chairman, The Rogosin Institute Board. Photo courtesy of NYC Department of Homeless Services.
This week, CAMBA cut the ribbon on a new computer lab at our Flagstone Family Center in Brownsville and celebrated the opening of this state-of-the-art digital resource with Joanne M. Oplustil, President and CEO of CAMBA/CAMBA Housing Ventures, Administrator Joslyn Carter of NYC Department of Homeless Services, Dr. Barry Smith President and CEO of The Rogosin Institute and others from the community. The 14 computers at the shelter's two labs will be available for the adult clients as they search for housing, and for their children, who will have access to the lab for research and homework.

Malik Jones, a father of five who lives with his family at Flagstone, spoke to the gathering about the impact these computers have had on his life. Mr. Jones used the computers to enroll in a job training program, where he obtained his food protection certificate. In doing more research about jobs in the food industry within his neighborhood, Mr. Jones, a passionate cook, discovered the Brownsville Community Culinary Center and he is now enrolled in that center's training program. He added that he and his wife are very happy to report that they will be moving into their own apartment in a few weeks after searching for permanent housing using the donated computers.

We send our deepest gratitude to these supporters for showing their commitment to improving the lives of families in-need. As Bianca Billington, Senior Program Manager at the Flagstone Family Center, told the attendees: "These computers have made the lives of our families and children so much happier, all thanks to The Rogosin Institute!"
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