The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

My car needs tires. I don’t have money to put tires on it. There’s a lot of money I don’t have that needs to go into my car. It also needs a tune up, an oil change and a new bumper. My car is due for inspection by the end of this month. I don’t know what I’m going to do without my car because I bring my child to school in Scranton and I live in Peckville which is a twenty minute drive.

Computer Literacy

Just as important as having access to a computer is knowing how to use it.  More and more jobs require employees to have basic computer skills, but for low-income households not accustomed to having a computer at home, basic training can be hard to find.  In the spring of 2011, members of Witnesses to Hunger worked together to complete an 8-week computer skills class, each earning a laptop or desktop computer to take home.

Current Issue

While Philadelphia's EARN Centers offer some computer training to help TANF recipients search for jobs, the trainings do not always include the range of skills (i.e. proficiency with email and Microsoft Office software) that individuals need.  Additional funding and enhanced training at EARN Centers will help struggling parents increase their skills, as well as their chances of securing well-paying jobs.

 

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