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Computer Course for the Homeless


Some students from Evangel University in Springfield and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout are teaching homeless people how to use computers.

TWICE A WEEK, THE STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE OR SIFE TEAMS FROM THESE TWO SCHOOLS MEETS WITH RESIDENTS OF THE MISSOURI HOTEL, A SPRINGFIELD HOMELESS SHELTER.

IAN SANSONI IS A MEMBER OF THE EVANGEL SIFE TEAM.

HE SAYS IT HELPS RESIDENTS AS THEY TRY TO REJOIN THE WORKFORCE.

THE MISSION OF THE SIFE ORGANIZATION IS TO INFORM THE PUBLIC ABOUT BUDGETING, ACCOUNTING, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND BUSINESS ETHICS.

SANSONI SAYS EVERYONE NEEDS TO HAVE SOME COMPUTER SKILLS IF THEY ARE GOING TO SUCCESSFULLY FIND EMPLOYMENT.

HE SAYS THAT'S WHY HE AND HIS FELLOW SIFE TEAM MEMBERS ARE TEACHING THE HOMELESS THE BASICS.

THIS CLASS IS A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR THE SIFE STUDENTS.

AT THE FIRST CLASS SESSIONS LAST WEEK, SANSONI SAYS IT WAS A LITTLE SLOW GETTING THINGS STARTED.

FIFTEEN MISSOURI HOTEL RESIDENTS SIGNED UP FOR THE CLASS.

THIS IS THE FIRST SEMESTER THE EVANGEL AND COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS SIFE TEAMS HAVE OFFERED THIS CLASS TO HOMELESS PEOPLE.

SANSONI SAYS HE HOPES TO SEE THE PROGRAM CONTINUE AND GROW NEXT SEMESTER.

I'M MISSY SHELTON FOR KSMU NEWS.