It’s always interesting to hear how clients get referred to PCs for People because the answers vary so widely! For Gwendolene, a hard-working single mother, information about our program came across her desk at work. At the time, she was with a nonprofit organization called Northside Achievement Zone, which works with children and families in North Minneapolis in what they call a “cradle-to-career” system, providing them with the tools they need to move successfully through school, graduate, and be prepared for college. This support can range from housing to finances, to health services, to technology. Working for the nonprofit gave Gwendolene a thorough understanding of how important every piece of the puzzle is when closing the achievement gap. She was therefore intrigued by our program, and wanted to look into getting a computer for of her own. Even though she was working, she was supporting a family and could not afford pawn shop prices. “I helped those neighborhoods,” she said, “but I lived in that neighborhood, too!” She came in with her qualifications and received a computer from us just over two years ago. Recently, she returned to get a laptop for her daughter, who is now a college student.