Benoit to Distribute Laptops to Coachella Valley Families Completing Life-Skills Program

News Release


May 27

Benoit to Distribute Laptops to Coachella Valley Families Completing Life-Skills Program

MECCA – Twenty Coachella Valley families who learned the benefits of financial fitness, improved health, self-sufficiency and other life skills will be honored and will receive laptops upon their completion of a new county program.

The graduation ceremony for the Family Laptop Savings program, a program of the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Mecca Family & Farmworker Service Center, located at 91-275 Avenue 66 in Mecca.

Supervisor John J. Benoit will give opening remarks and assist in the distribution of new laptops, equipped with antivirus software and Microsoft products, to families.

“The program is a creative way to get parents to take classes with their children and help boost financial literacy, healthy habits and job skills,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “It is very encouraging to see families acquire valuable skills that will help them throughout their lives and receive laptops that will bring long-term advantages to their households.”

The Family Laptop Savings program, also referred to as the Childhood Poverty Reduction Initiative, consisted of seven workshops covering: career building skills, financial fitness, self sufficiency, health and nutrition, resiliency, mediation and energy conservation. The families gained additional financial literacy skills, as well as other core life skills, through an approach aimed at increasing self-sufficiency in a setting where both parent and child learned together.

The program was funded by a one-time $75,000 grant from Community Services Block Grant funding, in partnership with the California Department of Community Services and Development. The grant also funded similar workshops in Perris and Riverside.

The Mecca program was done in collaboration with Catholic Charities – Coachella Valley Branch and the Mecca Family & Farmworker Service Center.

The public is invited to the event and attendees can RSVP with Marcos Coronel at 760-863-2664 or

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