When I started college in 1994, there was a registration day. On your registration day, you went to the gym and went table to table signing up for classes. If a class was full, you got a yellow card, filled it out and went to ask the professor for special permission to come into the class or go on a wait list. By my last semester in 1998, the whole registration process was done online. When I started grad school in 2001, the computer room in the basement of the dorm was always empty because an overwhelming majority of the students all had laptops and wrote their papers in their rooms or at the library. Research was done by logging in to the university library system and downloading peer-reviewed articles. Now, my 11 year old nephew has to complete all of his homework online and his teacher corrects it online and his parents check his progress online.
Access to the internet has become essential to access to education. But what does a domestic violence victim do if they are facing the challenge of providing internet for their child among paying for all the other necessities. I spoke with our Case Manager, Kelsi Howell about what is available and how we can help. The program she spoke of is Comcast Internet Essentials. The program provides low cost internet.
This is what Kelsi had to say about the program: At DVRC, Inc. we have had many clients that have benefitted from the Comcast Essentials Program. I’ve heard clients talk about avoiding paying bills until it was too late just so that they could have internet at home for their children. When we heard about the Comcast Essentials program, we knew this program was going to be a great help to the population we serve. One of the clients we referred to the Comcast Essentials program has in turn assisted others in applying for the program as well. We all know that internet is essential in today’s world and Comcast Essentials has allowed the client’s I assist to be able to have an evening routine that does not include 3 hours at the library every night so that their children can do their homework.
Programs that provide low cost options for necessities open up options for victim’s choices. Our work at DVRC, Inc. not only responds to the crisis, but also helps victims build access to these resources and reduce the barriers in their lives. We do it with the help of other social service providers and programs created by supportive businesses.