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    Courtney Smith (Center) receives her family’s computer from LIFE Executive Director Joe Ceasar (Right) and DETCOG Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator Veronica Thomas (Left). Ms. Smith said she needed the computer for her children’s education.

Legacy Institute for Financial Education and DETCOG Team Up to Lessen Digital Divide


The Legacy Institute for Financial Education (L.I.F.E.) and the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) are working together to narrow the digital divide by providing computers to low-income families.

L.I.F.E. is donating computers to DETCOG’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program to provide families without a computer that are participating in the program an opportunity to acquire one, as part of its LIFE Tech program. The computer donations were made to FSS on Friday. Current participants in the FSS program have already been notified of the opportunity that L.I.F.E. has made possible for those without a computer in their home.

DETCOG’s FSS is a program that enables HUD-assisted families to increase their earned income and reduce their dependence on welfare assistance and rental subsidies. Head of household Section 8 participants who are interested in obtaining more education and job training to free their family from public assistance are able to participate in the program.

L.I.F.E. is a non-profit, community-based program that provides an in-depth financial education based on biblical principles to those who have a desire to create generational wealth. LIFE Tech is a LIFE Skills company designed to train the future leaders of Information Technology in Deep East Texas. Their mission includes providing low-cost hardware to residents of Deep East Texas to help narrow the technology divide which impairs low-income households.