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Heed Your Calling features PCs for Refugees

I’d like to highlight the important work that Riad Sbai and his all-volunteer driven team at PCs for Refugees does in Phoenix, Arizona. Riad, the Founder and President of PCs for Refugees, is a native Arizonan who saw the need for newly arrived refugee families to have access to their very own home computer system. Refugees typically arrive with the assistance of a pre-assigned refugee resettlement agency that can only provide the basic necessities for a newly arrived family.

Synagogues collect used computers to help Valley refugees

Temple Chai and Temple Kol Ami are both now official collection centers for PCs for Refugees (PFR), a local nonprofit that refurbishes old computers and gives them to refugees in the Valley.

Sponsor a Refugee Student

Over the past several months we at PCs For Refugees have been piloting a program to train refugee teens skills in computer hardware and operating system essentials. We have found that this not only sets the stage for continued studies in computer and engineering related skills, but also promotes raised self-confidence levels and improves moods of young people who have experienced extreme trauma from a young age. We have also noticed that these benefits to the children transfer over to the parents, giving them hope for the future of their kids.

ASU alumnus creates non-profit to provide refugees free computers

While Syria is facing a civil war halfway across the world, an ASU alumnus and a few Phoenix residents created a non-profit to provide a "candle of hope" for refugees. PCs for Refugees provides free laptop and desktop computers to refugee families living in Arizona.

Refugees in Phoenix connect to families, assistance through free computers

In a dimly lit apartment off I-17, a 9-year-old Syrian girl named Aya is learning how to use her family’s first computer. She places her hands on the keyboard and presses “A” when she hears the letter pronounced through the speakers. “Bravo!” says Riad Sbai, the founder of PCs for Refugees, the nonprofit that provided the computer to her family.

PCs for Refugees Acquires New Office Space

PCs for Refugee announced today that it has acquired and moved into the Phoenix Financial Center in Downtown Phoenix in the Arcade Plaza after more than a year of operating out of a garage space. This new space not only gives staff and volunteers a dedicated space to build and refurbish computers, but also provides additional storage facilities for equipment, and a centralized distribution hub for delivery of computers to their beneficiaries.