After learning that senior residents at Big Bethel Village, an affordable senior housing community in southwest Atlanta were fundraising for new computers, international recording artist Future, along with his mother Stephanie Jester and sister Tia Wilburn-Anderson, stepped in to make their big wish a reality.
The FreeWishes Foundation in partnership with National Church Residences surprised 120 seniors right before Valentine’s Day with a grand re-opening ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated computer lab. The updated computer lab was named in honor of the late Ruby Nell Gates, who is Stephanie Jester’s grandmother, and the reason the foundation was created.
“It is our goal to empower seniors with the ability to confidently utilize computer technology and increase their digital literacy,” said Stephanie Jester, co-founder of the FreeWishes Foundation. The computer lab features modern furniture, desktop computers, a copier and fax machine.
“In order to connect and positively impact our senior community, we have to find ways to bridge the gap between the generations. This modern space will be fundamental in bringing us closer with our gatekeepers of the community,” said Tia-Wilburn Anderson, co-founder of the FreeWishes Foundation.
“We are so thankful for this amazing donation that will transform the lives of our senior residents who do not have access to the internet and social media,” said Heather Murray, service coordinator at Big Bethel Village. “Seniors will benefit from computer literacy training and independence in using the library on a regular basis.”
Remarks were given by Atlanta City Councilmember Andrea Boone, who welcomed guests to the celebratory event. Community partner JenCare sponsored refreshments after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Attendees were also asked to join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #GiftOfLoveATL or #FreeWishesFoundation and to follow @FreeWishesFoundation on all social media platforms.
For more information, please contact Sojourner Marable Grimmett, director of external affairs, Atlanta Region for National Church Residences at (404) 783-3522 or email@example.com.
About National Church Residences
National Church Residences serves more than 42,000 seniors through its array of housing and health care services. The not-for-profit organization is driven by a vision of advancing better living for all seniors, enabling them to remain home for life. With 310 communities in 25 states and Puerto Rico, it is the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of affordable senior housing and the largest manager of service coordinators. It also offers residential senior communities, home and community-based services, and permanent supportive housing for the formerly homeless and disabled. For more information, visit www.nationalchurchresidences.org.
About the FreeWishes Foundation
The FreeWishes Foundation is 501(c)3 organization that aims to engage, encourage, and empower youth and senior citizens in marginalized communities to live abundantly full lives. For more information, visit www.freewishes.org.