Five donated PCs help reduce stress and tension for teens and children at Seaford House.
Children & Families First strengthens Delaware families by delivering an innovative and effective continuum of community-based social services. In existence for more than 125 years, CFF builds the foundation for strong communities with child-centered and family-focused programs.
CFF works to support teens and young adults through a variety of programs, including Seaford House, a residential and day treatment center for teens ages 12 to 17 who have emotional problems. Seaford House can serve up to 18 youth (10 residential and 8 in day treatment).
As Don Loden, Seaford House Program Manager, explains: "The children we serve are considered high risk and endure significant emotional conflict. A primary purpose of leisure time is to reduce stress and relieve tension. Stress is prevalent in 90% of physical illness and virtually all emotional problems." They decided that installing PCs in the residents' lounge would provide an activity which would help to reduce the stress and tension.
CCF contacted Tech Impact and requested five desktop PCs through the PC Donation Program. This program is made possible by the partnership between Tech Impact and ING DIRECT, whose volunteers refurbish computers which have been donated by organizations such as Independence Blue Cross and Reed Technology.
Don reported that "The PCs are installed with educational and recreational software and promote relaxation and a heightened sense of well-being. Needless to say they are a hit with the children!"