Christian Church Homes

Connecting Seniors to the World of Digital Literacy

In today’s digital society, many people take for granted the use of computers, tablets and cell phones to obtain information of interest from checking the weather to connecting with family and friends.

In this ever-expanding digital world, seniors are sometimes left behind. Thanks to a grant from the Communications Division of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPCU), seniors at Harrison Street Senior Housing, Fargo Senior Center, Sylvester Rutledge Manor, and Westlake Christian Terrace East and West, will have an opportunity to learn first-hand and to expand their knowledge of digital literacy.

Working with Tech Exchange, a nonprofit organization focused on digital equity, CCH is hosting a series of four, two-hour workshops covering the basics of computer and internet use. Instructors are on hand to provide step-by-step guidance and to answer questions. At the completion of the eight-hour course, attendees will receive a refurbished computer for their personal use.

“We are excited to bring this program to our residents,” said Social Services Coordinator Ally Lou of Harrison Street Senior Housing, which hosted the first series of workshops in early June.

“This was the first time some of the residents ever touched a computer. It was like a new toy for them,” Ally shared. “The program is opening a lot of new knowledge for our residents.” CCH is looking to expand the program to even more communities in the future.

The digital literacy workshop is one of many CCH-supported programs that seeks to broaden the definition of what constitutes a community. Beyond providing affordable and safe housing, CCH aims to offer value-added services that makes residents’ lives more manageable. This is one more way we further our mission to provide affordable quality housing in caring communities.