Mental Health Association of Northwestern PA

Second Chance Computers

Where Second Chances can Bridge the Gap


Second Chance Computers (SCC) is not just a second chance for computers.

SCC is a computer recycling program to help bridge the gap between folks who do not have the means to purchase and operate a computer and the rest of the world living and communicating in the 21st century.

So maybe you didn't 'get it' the first time around. Here's the second chance you may be looking for.

We teach basic computer skills using information from open sources such as Linux and Google.

Our program is 5 weeks long at 2 classes per week. Upon successful completion of the program, the participant takes the computer home.

To date, 21 students have graduated from this program earning them a personal computer , self confidence in keeping up with the times and the satisfaction of success.

Qualified SSC graduates may have the opportunity to return and teach the class to others.

We are in need of donations currently so that this program can continue. Area businesses qualify for a tax credit by donating functioning but outdated computers.

Hardware Specifications:

We are also looking for volunteers to install operating systems, download open source software and assist with class instruction.

For more information, please contact LuAnn Gossett at luanngossett@mhanp.org or 814-452-4462 ext 126.