Guam Bar Association donates computers to homeless shelter

In an interview with PNC, Jay Arriola, the president of the Guam Bar Association, says they've enjoyed seeing the smiles on children's faces this holiday season.

Through the efforts of a local group, homeless families living in the government shelter now have access to computers and wifi connection for school and work.

The Guam Bar Association not only gave essential items to the Global Dorm in Maite, the association also donated three desktop computers including monitors, keyboards, desks, workbooks, wifi routers, and toys to the homeless families and individuals.

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Since July, the government started housing homeless families and individuals at the dorm in efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 within the island’s unsheltered population.

The Guam Bar Association, Arriola Law Firm, DMR, Attorney General’s Office, Public Defenders Office, and other lawyers, in conjunction with Catholic Social Services, also started a children’s learning center so families can get access to computers and wifi.

The shelter’s IT department is working to get the resource center up and running by this weekend.

In total, GBA donated around $10,000 worth of items including the three desktop computers.

In an interview with PNC, Jay Arriola, the president of the Guam Bar Association, says they’ve enjoyed seeing the smiles on children’s faces this holiday season.

“GBA is known for its holiday parties and giving to charity during the holiday season has always been one of our hallmarks. But for this year, of course, we are unable to celebrate the season… it’s a much better use of money than having a good old Christmas party. Unfortunately, we can’t get together but let’s share it with others who are less fortunate,” Arriola said.

He added that the association is working to donate five additional desktop computers.

GBA is also working with CSS and the Guam Homeless Coalition to identify the non-profit organizations in need of computers.