Press Release: One Day At A Time (ODAAT) Offers Free Computer Training for N. Phila. Residents

Date: 
March 18, 2011

One Day At A Time (ODAAT), in conjunction with the Freedom Rings Partnership, will launch its series of free computer classes beginning March 23rd, 2011.

Freedom Rings is a multi-year initiative that brings together local non-profits, community organizations and educational institutions to encourage Broadband internet usage and adoption throughout Philadelphia.

ODAAT is one of Freedom Rings' designated broadband adoption centers, where residents can access the Internet and receive computer training, and one of many that will be opened in low-income neighborhoods across Philadelphia. ODAAT is offering basic computer classes and open computer lab time each week for the central North Philadelphia Community. The organization is currently reaching out to neighborhood residents, community groups and businesses through grassroots marketing and word-of-mouth efforts. ODAAT is proud to have been selected as one of the sites to offer training and access to persons in need.

"It is time for our community to bridge the digital divide," says Mel Wells, Director of Community Outreach for ODAAT. "We are excited about how this education will enhance the quality of life in our community - providing more access to job opportunities, increased financial literacy and newer ways to stay connected with friends and family. The possibilities are endless."

With the Urban Affairs Coalition managing this auspicious effort, the Freedom Rings Partnership will reach over 100,000 low-income Philadelphians, including children, the underemployed/unemployed and seniors, with information about the importance of broadband to their daily lives over the next two years. According to recent statistics, 41% of Philadelphians do not have access to a computer or broadband service.
Freedom Rings Partners will also provide hands-on training to at least 15,000 people at over 130 locations citywide, including 77 public computer centers; and distribute 5,000 netbooks to public housing residents who complete technology skills training.

Training locations include recreation centers, health and social service organizations, workforce development agencies, and select nonprofits. There will also be 4 mobile computer labs that will travel throughout the City providing Internet access and training to underserved communities.

ODAAT classes are held 5 days a week, and Saturday classes will begin in April.

Interested persons should, contact ODAAT (215) 226-7860. Additional information can be found at cclc.odaat.us and www.odaat.us.

Additional information about the Freedom Rings Partnership can be found at www.FreedomRingsPartnership.org, or by calling 215-851-1900 or Philadelphia's 311 Line.

ODAAT provides services to low-income and homeless men and women suffering from addiction and HIV/AIDS in Philadelphia. ODAAT was founded in 1983 by Reverend Henry T. Wells when he opened his home to a group of recovering addicts, laying the groundwork for a peer-based/community-based recovery program. Since then, ODAAT has increased its scope and impact to include transitional housing facilities, comprehensive medical case management services, and services to address the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the addicted community. ODAAT is a program of Urban Affairs Coalition.