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Missoula excessive schooler donates computer systems to mothers in want

Two extra Missoulians have entry to computer systems to use for jobs and college due to the work of a neighborhood highschool scholar.

Final week, Hellgate Excessive College junior Graham Southall donated two refurbished computer systems to Missoula’s Mountain House Montana, a nonprofit in Missoula that gives wrap-around providers and shelter for brand new moms needing a spot to dwell.

“There’s continually a necessity in Mountain House,” the nonprofit’s Govt Director Steph Goble stated of entry to computer systems.

Southall donated the rebuild PCs together with a $2,000 examine on Nov. 16.

“They will younger mothers engaged on both ending a level or making an attempt to safe a job,” Goble stated, including that just about each particular person wants a pc to finish primary duties equivalent to making use of for jobs and college, speaking and doing issues like telehealth appointments.

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Graham Southall, a high-school junior, describes how serving to a single mother can impression lives for the higher after he donated two refurbished computer systems to Mountain House Montana.


Southall stated the method took him a few 12 months of working on and off in his basement. I bought new screens, put in Home windows software program, optimized the machines’ settings and worn out the mud. He additionally bought Wi-Fi adapters to make web connection simpler.

Southall just lately interned at Cedar Mountain Software program in Missoula. The corporate’s proprietor gave Southall the concept after he urged on Southall’s final day to take previous computer systems mendacity round, rebuild and donate them.

“He stated, what if we take computer systems from companies and refurbish them, clear them and do all that, after which give them away,” Southall stated.

Southall enlisted donations for rebuilding prices via a GoFundMe web page, which collected about $3,000. The price of elements for engaged on the computer systems got here in at solely $700, so Southall wrote a examine to Mountain House for the remaining quantity.

He checked out a number of organizations round Missoula and determined to donate his completed merchandise to Mountain House.

After Graham reached out, Mountain House reviewed their ready listing. The computer systems have been despatched to their new house owners in 48 hours, Goble defined.

“We actually think about (computer systems) a primary want,” she stated.

The money donation went towards the nonprofit’s Assist Employment and Training program, which helps mothers navigate discovering and retaining employment together with supporting their academic pursuits, Goble stated.

Engaged on computer systems is not new to Southall. He constructed a gaming laptop as a seventh grader.

“It is like grownup Legos,” he laughed. Southall will likely be round Missoula for a number of extra years and plans to assist out with tech help if the computer systems have any points.

Southall hopes getting computer systems into the fingers of those younger mothers can have a ripple impact.

“It isn’t solely going to assist with them and their life, but in addition their youngsters,” he stated of the mothers who obtained the computer systems. ”If their youngsters are in a position to develop up in a protected and supportive setting, then they’ll do lots higher in life and their youngsters can have a bigger probability.”

Goble recalled one mother who obtained a pc from Mountain House (separate from Southall’s) and signed up for 4 forms of authorities help when she obtained web entry. It expedited the girl’s skill to get meals to her and her youngsters from her.

“She wasn’t going to have the ability to get meals stamps with out being able to do the paperwork on-line,” Goble stated. “That is an impression.”

Goble stated it is uncommon to get donations from busy 17-year-old highschool college students.

“The truth that Graham considered us, we have been so touched and moved,” Goble stated. “We hope his message from him rings true in the course of the holidays for plenty of people.”

Because the winter months set in, Mountain House is accepting donations for chilly climate garments, unused bedding and child objects.

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