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Acosta Has a Heart for Jacksonville’s Homeless
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Acosta Has a Heart for Jacksonville’s Homeless

City Rescue Mission’s Learning Center received an electronic overhaul thanks to the kind hearts at Acosta Sales & Marketing. Twenty-eight new flat screen monitors, keyboards, Microsoft Office software and computers were installed in the onsite computer lab used by students enrolled in the Mission’s LifeBuilders and New Day Workforce programs. Acosta also donated professional installation of the equipment, new headphones for each computer, two new printers and upgraded cables and wiring in the room. The lab will be renamed the Acosta Learning Center at City Rescue Mission in honor of the donation.
 
“This is the first time we have ever had brand new computers in our Learning Center,” said Penny Kievet, Director of Resource Development at City Rescue Mission. “Much like the students in our programs, the center is receiving a fresh start with incredible potential to impact so many lives. We are extremely grateful to our friends at Acosta for their generosity and commitment to helping those less fortunate in our community.”
 
Acosta partnered with City Rescue Mission in conjunction with “Hearts for the Homeless,” a campaign to raise awareness for Jacksonville’s homeless and City Rescue Mission’s services. The campaign runs through February and encourages members of the community to show their heart for the homeless by donating a dollar for each day in February. City Rescue Mission is providing heart posters for civic groups and churches to distribute to their members during the month of February.
 
“Acosta and its associates enjoy giving back to the local communities we serve through various programs and fundraising events,” said Acosta’s Director of Data Center Services Michael Mahoney. “We are pleased to be able to provide The Learning Center at City Rescue Mission with this gift to advance its mission of providing students with the opportunity to earn their GED, complete certifications and job skills training, as well as providing life skills so that they can be viable and productive members of the community.”
 
Acosta brought together a number of its vendor partners to secure and install the new equipment and also coordinated the donation and the installation of the equipment. “Acosta is proud to have vendors like CDW, which provided the hardware, software and headphones, Miller Electric, which replaced and improved the cable infrastructure, and Verizon, which assisted with the installation,” Mahoney added. “When we asked our vendors to help with this effort, they quickly jumped in.”
 
City Rescue Mission does not receive city or state funding and relies solely on contributions and support from the community. “We simply couldn’t do what we do without companies like Acosta and individual donors who have a heart for helping Jacksonville’s homeless,” said Kievet.

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