A Local Church is Helping the Community Become Computer Literate

Dorothy Jackson says she was computer illiterate in every sense of the word.

"We have a computer at home and I couldn't even turn it on", says Jackson.

But that was until she started taking computer classes offered at her church, and now Jackson says she can use her computer with the best of them.

"You can pay your bills, receive mail, and talk to family and friends", continued Jackson.

The St. Philip Monumental A.M.E Church started offering free computer classes to the community three years ago, hoping to help people like Dorothy adjust to the age of computers

"For those in the technological age we live in we are providing an opportunity to learn and upgrade they're skills", said Senior Pastor Walter Daniels.

More than 100 graduates have benefited from these computer classes and now they can do everyday things as simple as sending an e-mail.

Mariah Childs will begin her computer training in a few weeks, and she cant wait to show off her computer skills.

"I want to be able to not call my kids and ask them how to do things. I want to be able to do it so they can say, ha, she's arrived", said Childs.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com