December 14, 2015 – The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network Community Development team is distributing Holiday Care Packages this week to the Bethlehem House Shelter for the Homeless on St. Thomas and My Brother’s Table on St. Croix. The packets contain toiletry items, a water bottle and a list of 33 free public computer centers located around the community. Both organizations provide urgently needed services, and viNGN wanted to give to the community in a meaningful way, states viNGN Community Development Coordinator Yvonne Fenton.
“We chose Bethlehem House and My Brother’s Table due to all the individuals and families they assist, especially at this time of year. We also want give the individuals who find themselves in need with the opportunity to get training that may help them find a job or develop entrepreneurial skills for the future. We have public computer centers on all three islands that anyone can use for FREE.”
Fenton urges even those with limited or no computer experience to learn: “We encourage everyone to check out our Absolute Beginners Computer Lab, which provides the practical skills needed to be able to move on to bigger and greater things in the Digital Literacy Journey.” To access the course, click “Digital Literacy” at www.vingn.com. There is a downloadable PDF version of the course for those who need to access the material where there is no computer or internet access.
Both Bethlehem House and My Brother’s Table need and appreciate donations of time, goods and volunteer service throughout the year; contact either organization for wish lists or more information.
• My Brother’s Table (St. Croix, contact the office or Rev. Rod Koopmans): 340-778-0520 or 340-277-6102. Web: http://mybrotherstablevi.org/
• Bethlehem House Shelter (St. Thomas & St. Croix, administered by Catholic Charities of the VI): 340-773-0132 (St. Croix) or 340-777-8518 (St. Thomas). Web: http://catholiccharitiesusvi.org