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.
Books from the Clearwater Library and a video magnifier make leisurely reading convenient.
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.
The computer lab at Lakeside Terrace offers ROSS residents free internet, printing, and a small library.