Our History 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 system. 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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