CHIPS provides donated computers to seniors who are isolated by illness or by their role as a full-time caregiver of a homebound senior.
Mr. F, age 63, has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. He is the primary caregiver for his wife, who was in a car accident that left her paralyzed several years ago. Both Mr. and Mrs. F are homebound and very isolated. Their television was their only outlet until they got a computer.
They have family in Texas and California whom they rarely get to see. Mr. F adores his computer, and with the help of his CHIPS mentor, he has learned to pay his bills online, started online banking, and gets to talk to his family and share family photos daily. Mr. and Mrs. F used to love to travel, and now they pick a place that they want to “visit” and go on a new online adventure every day. Mr. F told his mentor, “We cannot travel, but we can see the world with our computer.”