Thanks to the Pinellas County Housing Authority (PCHA), participants of the Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) program at Lakeside Terrace now have access to a brand new community computer lab, located in the shared community center between Lakeside Terrace and Crystal Lakes Manor.
The lab features six computer stations with high-speed internet access and free printing. Each computer will take advantage of Microsoft OneDrive, a cloud-storage based service that allows residents to edit, share, and save Microsoft Office files on a personal account, without the need for a USB thumb-drive or disc. Using OneDrive makes saved files accessible on any device with an internet connection. Three floor-to-ceiling bookcases will host a rotating variety of books made available through partnership with the Clearwater Public Library System. For those visually-impaired and wishing to enlarge books or photos, a state-of-the-art video magnifier has been generously donated to the community by the Lakeside Terrace and Crystal Lakes Manor Resident Associations.
The computer lab may be used for school, work, and employment-related activities. Job openings and links to job-hunting websites like Indeed.com and SnagAJob.com will be posted in the lab for residents to take advantage of as well. Additional workshops and skill-building classes will be offered in the future to help residents learn résumé-writing techniques and basic computer and internet search skills, while trained volunteers are available to assist daily. The computer lab is currently open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, but will close each day between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm. Additional hours may become available in the future as lab usage increases. On Friday, October 10th, there was an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to help welcome the residents.
Through the ROSS program, residents are provided with additional valuable resources to help them reach a stable life of self-sufficiency and independence. To find out more about the program, please contact our ROSS coordinator at (727) 216-6746.