MODESTO -- Twenty-five nonprofits and faith-based groups that help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless each have received two refurbished laptop computers from E.&J. Gallo Winery.
Gallo donated the 50 laptops to Stanislaus County's Continuum of Care, a coalition of several dozen nonprofits, faith-based groups and government agencies that work with the homeless.
Laptops were not given to any of the continuum's government agencies.
"We all know nonprofits operate on a shoestring," said Maryn Pitt, the continuum's president-elect and housing program manager for the city of Turlock. "And this was right before Christmas. These nonprofits received $1,000 to $1,200 worth of computers. That was probably the best part of my Christmas, handing out these laptops."
The laptops went to such continuum members as Haven Women's Center, Inter-Faith Ministries and the United Samaritans Foundation.
Pitt said laptops went to every nonprofit and group that wanted them. The computers were distributed on the Thursday before Christmas at the continuum's monthly meeting.
Pitt approached Gallo and coordinated the effort to get the laptops after the continuum learned Gallo planned to donate the computers.
Pitt said she believes Gallo donated about a couple thousand refurbished laptops throughout the community.
Gallo officials involved in the project were not available for comment.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires social service agencies that help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness to form what it calls a continuum of care in their counties to apply for certain grants.
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