Comcast connects Mission seniors

Several dozen Mission Housing residents are now connected to the internet at a reduced rate, thanks to Comcast

A free event held May 6th in the community room of Valencia Gardens was staged to help qualifying seniors sign-up for “Internet Essentials,” the pilot program launched by Comcast in 2015. The program provides seniors with basic access to the World Wide Web for $9.95 a month.

The seniors who qualified were aged 62 or older, receive qualifying federal and/or state public assistance and were without previous connection to Comcast.

“For many of our residents, having access to the internet is how they put their minds to work and keep in touch with the world around them, and with family,” said Marcía Contreras, head of Resident Services for Mission Housing Development Corporation. “This is another way we at Mission Housing work hard to always be improving the quality of life for our residents.”

Employees from other sponsors of the event also provided the manpower needed to interview each resident and help get their applications filled out. Then, Comcast employees volunteered their time to represent the seniors on the phone with the Comcast call center to complete the enrollment.

While the registrations were being completed, the residents enjoyed free catered lunch, Bingo games with prizes, and karaoke.

At the end of the registration event ten laptops were raffled off, as were “Opportunity Cards” — Comcast gift cards that provided free internet service for six months.

The event was co-sponsored by SF Connected, a program of the SF Department of Aging and Adult Services. SF Connected provides free computer training at various sites around San Francisco. Also sponsoring was Community Living Campaign, a program dedicated to reducing isolation other barriers to aging populations and the disabled.