The journey to what is now Phoenix Computers began in 1995, six weeks
after Gerry Rosenkrantz retired from FEMA.
Working alone, he began refurbishing
computers for use at the Legal Aid Bureau in
Prince George’s County and The Charles E.
Smith Jewish Day School. Soon, he was
volunteering with Montgomery County Schools
in the Computers for Classrooms program
refurbishing computers for use in the school
In 1997 he took over the Computers for Teachers
program at Lone Oak Elementary School and the
CPCUG computer refurbishing program named
Project Reboot. In 2002 Gerry and Project
Reboot relocated to a county owned house in
downtown Rockville, MD, where the number
of volunteers and refurbished
computers continued to increase.
In January 2009, Project Reboot moved to a warehouse
facility located with the assistance of County Executive
Isiah Leggett and the Montgomery County Council. In the
fall of 2012 a core group of senior volunteers headed by
Jim Smith and including Gerry founded a new
organization, Phoenix Computers, located at the present
address on Parklawn. This workshop was separate from
CPCUG but carrying forth the same mission and goals of
refurbishing computers for the low-income members of the
community. We currently have a stable group of around 20 volunteers who
test, certify the hardware and refurbish PCs, notebooks and printers.
Since we began as Phoenix Computers we have provided computers,
printers, keyboards, mice, and monitors to over 12,000 clients and other
non profit organizations.
Volunteers at Fleet St.
Gerry at Fleet St.
Waiting to be refurbished
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