Under this growing program to promote digital inclusion, TISTA repurposes corporate computing devices by donating them to those in need. Personal technology, such as laptops, is essential for many to access direct services, search for employment, and continue their education. Recipients of our laptops include survivors of human trafficking, veterans, and students.
Partnering with University of Maryland – Global Campus, University of Texas at Austin and University of Maryland SAFE Center, we support multiple programs that enable access to educational excellence for veterans, caregivers of wounded warriors, human trafficking survivors and minorities in technology.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019). Homeless veterans are high risk for experiencing mental disorders. Studies show the prevalence of mental disorders among homeless veteran is double the percentages compared to domiciled veterans. Our programs include partnering with US Vets to support hiring of a Mental Health Therapist to provide treatments for homeless veterans hosted at its Washington DC Transition Home.
TISTA has been a long-term partner and supporter of the Children’s Inn at NIH. From sponsoring meal services, coordinating “Wish List” to providing “Thoughtful Treasures” to the children and their families during the holiday’s, our Associates are passionate about giving back in our communities. The Children’s Inn at NIH has a special place in TISTA’s heart.
Housing is critical for human trafficking survivors and homeless veterans who are in transition to rebuild their lives. We work with community partners such as University of Maryland SAFE Center’s “Housing + Education” program, and Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless to provide rental assistance for survivors and veterans to enable safe housing, employment, and educational pursuits.
Initiated as a response to worsening food insecurity nation-wide because of the COVID-19 pandemic, TISTA’s Serve-a-Meal program began with a commitment to serve 3000 meals to vulnerable populations (veterans, homeless, and underserved families/children) and first responders. Today, this program has grown with a commitment to serve at least 1000 meals per month. To date, we have served over 15,000 meals with working with community partners, local restaurants, and soup kitchens.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has placed unprecedented demands on the health care system; initially, this caused shortages in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as mask and gloves. TISTA responded by sourcing PPEs for those who need them the most. At no cost, we have sourced and distributed over 42,000 PPEs to first responders such firefighters and police officers and healthcare professionals at hospitals and nursing homes in conducting their respective activities safely. We have also distributed PPEs to the homeless, veterans housed at shelters, underserved families/children, and inner-city school staff.
Partnering to make a difference in our communities has always been at the core of TISTA. The pandemic has amplified many issues in our communities, especially the under-served communities. Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD is a part of John’s Hopkins Medicine and on the front lines of responding to COVID patients and vaccine needs in our community. TISTA has been proud to partner and contribute to their COVID Fund to support efforts in education, equity and research.