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Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. (GCCSA) equipped Houston-area families with brand new Chromebooks in time for the start of a new school year that went virtual almost overnight.

“Therefore, equipping children with reliable access points for their education and aiding their parents with technology that allows them to search for work, is key to decreasing the stress of this pandemic.”

“We have taken a long, hard look at the depth to which this health crisis interrupts and possibly deters the educational goals that lead to families’ economic stability,” said Dr. Jonita W. Reynolds, chief executive officer of GCCSA.

One hundred Chromebooks were awarded to families who live in Harris County, have at least one K – 12th grade child in the home, have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and have median household incomes within 200% of the federal poverty income guidelines. These families have demonstrated remarkable need for technology in this virtual age of distance and learning.

“We find ourselves in the most uncertain of times. Our health, livelihoods and overall quality of life are being challenged by a novel virus that, fortunately, we are on our way to defeating”, said Dr. Reynolds. “Families who were previously experiencing income inequality find their vulnerability even more pronounced.”

Gulf Coast Community Services Association, Inc. has amplified its promise to assist our vulnerable neighbors and will continue to source innovative methods that will close gaps and make every day living less stressful. Now, more than ever, is the time for all of us to band together.