How One Donated Desktop and Laptop Changed the Future for Recovering Addicts - Good360

How One Donated Desktop and Laptop Changed the Future for Recovering Addicts





When The Edna House started our jobs program, we discovered that one plus one equals infinity. Just one donated desktop and one donated laptop filled an empty office with a world of possibilities.

Finding a job is important for the women who participate in our addiction recovery program. It’s not just about employment. Through jobs, they have a setting to gain practical experience using the recovery tools they learn in our program. They also begin to touch the world outside the doors of Edna House, the place they will return when they are ready.

What kind of world will that be? Before we started the jobs program, our residents often looked for work along our nearby bus line. Many never had driver’s licenses or had lost them from addiction problems. They had no resumes, no confidence, no expectations beyond minimum wage.

The Edna House changed that. We hired a jobs program development coordinator, but we had no budget for equipment. We searched Good360’s catalog and found a free laptop and desktop.

Since then, 60 women have gone through our four-week program. They gain skills such as resume writing, interview practice, job-hunting and self-esteem. They even learn Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

One woman, for example, had looked for fast-food jobs before she did the training. Now she works for an attorney, earning double what she imagined. Her confidence is soaring.

Good360 also helped us established a relationship with our local Disney Store. One day we picked up Spiderman outfits and Elsa dresses from the movie Frozen. Our residents have surprised their children with them for birthdays or Easter. It’s an exciting change for them to be a part of their kid’s lives in a positive way instead of a negative one.


Shari Rudolph

Shari Rudolph is Chief Marketing Officer of Good360 and is an accomplished retail, digital commerce and media executive with a strong track record of building audience, revenue and brands. Shari’s previous experience includes management consulting as well as various executive and leadership roles at both start-ups and large media and retail e-commerce companies in Southern California, New York and Silicon Valley. She is also an adjunct professor teaching classes in marketing, advertising and entrepreneurial studies and she earned her MBA from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.