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Donation of Chromebooks Help Homeless Advocates Bridge the Digital Divide

Published on Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 10:26 am
David Sensente, Sr. Manager, In-Kind Donations unpacks one of the 40 Chromebooks donated by Glen and Natalie Kraemer, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, and Xantrion to Union Station Homeless Services.

Today, not having access to the internet means not having a connection to critical information and lifesaving services. Helping bridge the technology divide for those who are experiencing homelessness, a donation of 40 Dell Chromebooks to Union Station Homeless Services is making a major difference.

Answering the call to help provide technology to those who need it the most, Glen and Natalie Kraemer, Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, and Xantrion raised the funds to donate the 40 Chromebooks.

The laptops will be distributed to members of Union Station’s Lived Expertise Advisory Council (LEAP). LEAP is a diverse group of current and formerly homeless individuals. Following the guiding principle “nothing about us, without us,” this panel of experts advises Union Station Homeless Services’ Board of Directors and staff on issues related to service provision, advocacy and policy. Additionally, Union Station clients living in bridge housing facilities will have access to some of the Chromebooks to support their journey as they transition into permanent housing and rebuild their lives.

“We are always looking for ways to diminish the digital divide,” said Anne Bisagno, President of Xantrion. “Providing laptops to Union Station was a wonderful way to make that divide just a little smaller.”

“People without access to technology are not part of the online conversation, stated Shawn Morrissey, Sr. Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement. “Now our LEAP members can actively participate in sharing their stories and advocating for much needed changes to our broken systems.”

Glen Kraemer, a Founding Partner of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, shared “It is a distinct privilege to work with and support USHS in its essential service and advocacy goals. We know the simple act of providing these laptops has a profound resonance, providing connection, agency and empowerment to persons who, but for this organization’s humanity and dedication, would continue to be unheard and marginalized.”

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