by Kelsi Howell
A mother of 3 came in for services in preparation of leaving her husband. Due to financial abuse this mother was struggling to gain independence. This mother did not have access to spend the money without the offender monitoring; paying the basic bills was a struggle. She was homeschooling her 3 children, did not have a computer, and paid 80 dollars for internet, but could only afford to pay it every other month. Whenever this mother needed to use electronics for their education, she was forced to use her phone.
Her husband (offender) kept her from working, and without income of her own, she was not sure how she could properly homeschool her children or begin the steps to leaving her husband. This mother expressed that she was interested in earning income but also saving money so that the constant worry of struggling to pay bills would go away.
Internet Essentials from Comcast allows access to affordable high speed internet for only $9.95 a month to Eligible Households. Eligible households include: having at least one child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program or Receive HUD housing assistance, live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available, not have subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days, not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one year old. This program does not involve a contract, a credit check or installation fees.
Internet Essentials also has an option to purchase a desktop or laptop for $149.99. The computer includes Microsoft Office, 90 day warranty, and Norton Security Suite. Anyone who fits the eligibility qualifications can apply online InternetEssentials.com or by calling 1-855-8-INTERNET.
DVRC’s Case Manager referred this mother to Internet Essentials from Comcast. Through this program this mother was able to go to an $80 to just below $10 a month. Having saved this money for 3 months, this mother was able to also take advantage of purchasing a desk top. This mother was able to connect with other mothers who were homeschooling their children and received tips on homeschooling children while also working. Internet Essentials was able to make a huge difference in this family’s life, along with many other families that we have served. Thank you Comcast for making this internet services more achievable for the families that we serve.