JFS Tech Connect equipped older adults with a tablet, assisted with internet access (if necessary), and trained them over a 10-week virtual course on how to use their new device. This initiative, launched in June 2020, helped older adults avoid isolation during the pandemic by connecting them with family and friends and provided them access to services available online.
JFS Tech Connect Program Overview*
- Financial assistance with internet installation and internet bills for 1 year, if needed (for individuals at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line)
- A Samsung tablet provided & kept by participant upon successful completion of the 10-week program (70% attendance required)
- Support through 1:1 appointments with staff and volunteers to explore personal learning goals or tablet questions
JFS Tech Connect 10-Week Course
Prior to beginning the JFS Tech Connect courses, participants will have access to the internet (connection assistance is provided if needed), receive their new tablet, and complete a virtual tablet tour with the Program Coordinator.
Week 1: Video Calls & Calendar
Week 2: Email & Internet Safety
Week 3: Games & Tablet Navigation
Week 4: Passwords & Entertainment Accounts
Week 5: Saving and Sharing Documents
Week 6: Library Books & Podcasts
Week 7: Delivery Services
Week 8: Communication & Social Media
Week 9: Community Programs
Week 10: Graduation, Review & Next Steps
*At this time, all cohorts have graduated and ongoing 1:1 support is available. Graduates can contact our Help@Home program for support. Anyone else interested in light tech support, please review our Help@Home membership options.