Saturday, July 27, 2013


To Whom It May Concern:

We at Laguna Honda Hospital are very grateful for the help and support given to us by the Community Living Campaign. Our involvement with the CLC has made the Laguna Honda Computer Club…possible.

 The CLC has provided refurbished computers to hospital residents who seem able to benefit from owning a personal computer. The CLC has set up a way for residents to earn a PC of their own by helping each other learn the computer from each other. Being a long term hospital resident, myself, I am aware of how owning and learning to operate a computer can be a real game changer to those who partake in this. Many of the residents seem to respond to more than just the television set provided.

 The computer is a window to the world. As Bill Gates was quoted, ‘’the computer increases communication and creativity.’’ This can work in spades to those participating hospital residents. I have witnessed one resident see pictures of her grandson for the first time  on Facebook. Her comment was, ‘’look, he has my nose!’’
Another Spanish resident is learning SKYPE and plans to allow others in the Spanish community at LHH to talk with family members in their different countries. He has been having health issues, but still sees this as a very possible thing to have happen. One blind resident commented after his interaction with a CLC worker... ‘’Angels do exist.’’

With e-mail, YouTube, Facebook, SKYPE…etc., etc. There are many benefits to being hooked into the system at LHH. Wifi is provided by LHH. Computers and tech support are provided by CLC. The Laguna Honda computer club members have benefited from knowing CLC people. The CLC door is open for members to grow and increase their involvement with the community of CLC members.  I hope that this partnership continues for a long, long time. It seems to be a win-win proposition.


Paul Hendrickson  (resident)

Laguna Honda Computer Club

Laguna Honda Hospital

Friday, July 26, 2013


Bethany Schwarz is Back!

---She is going to be at LHH twice a month to handle any computer and device questions that we residents may have.
---PHONE her EXTENSION with resident computer concerns.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


Bethany Schwarz
---Bethany started, yesterday, October 27, 2012. The Laguna Honda Computer Club received a shot in the arm. It was a very good combo…to say the least.
---Bethany brought everyone into her comfort zone with the computer. Her knowingness and facility was communicated to all she met. She had one woman on Facebook viewing postings from her daughter…and writing messages. Setting up Skype for another and downloading a program he may find relevant in a class he is taking. A patient with memory challenges finding and singing old DOORS songs who remembers them from his youth. He asked that she write her name on the white erase board provided in each room. He said, ‘’I don’t want to forget her.’’ He thanked me, also, for bringing her by. Kiddingly…she gave him an A+ for his work…and made his day (if not his year) in the process.
---Her last resident of the day was a robust, blind, Irishman (brogue and all.) His daughter is a doctor of linguistics in a university in Spain. She found and read a profile on her while finding different books that he was interested in…on Amazon. She was aware of both the university and some of the authors of the books he was seeking. He said that she was like an answer to his prayers. He is very astute…but, so is she.
---My ‘’take’’ on all this is that in the world of computers, knowing the solution to the particular question…is enough. It seems to be evolving that way. At Laguna Honda we have many, many residents from a cross section of the world that isn’t long on achievement. Bethany, and many others…understand all this. A lot of the folks NEVER got the chance to achieve in a big way. Sometimes…in any way. Sweeping the lot ‘’under-the-rug’’ is much easier than actually talking with them…according to some. It so nice to see that this idea is NOT UNIVERSAL and doesn’t belong to everyone. The computer seems to be a/the tool that could break the ice for some of the folks and make them buoyant. That would be quite an achievement. It certainly has the POTENTIAL, if we use yesterday as an indicator. When people get on that wavelength of feeling good, comfortable and truly interested in the subject that they are pursuing…suddenly the sky becomes their limit. Folks can activate their imagination…changing worry back to wonder, where it may work in their favor…again.
---Thanks, Bethany. The Laguna Honda Computer Club is fortunate to have you. That thanks goes to Marie Jobling and the Community Living Campaign and ALL its friends…as well. You work very hard for us to do well. Due to her schedule, Bethany is going to work four hours per week with us.
POSTED: October 28, 2012...Originally.