Penn Yan Elks donation brings services closer to veterans in need

Staff reports
The Chronicle-Express
The Penn Yan Elks lodge donated 22 Kindle Fire HD computer tablets to the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center. Ron Dailey, Exalted Ruler of Penn Yan Elks Lodge 1722; Jamie Sisson, N.Y.S. Elks Community Activities Chair; Tina Notabaert of the PRRC; Paul Enos, Penn Yan Elks Lodge Veterans Chairman.

FINGER LAKES – The Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, is grateful to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1722 in Penn Van for their donation of 21 Kindle Fire HD computer tablets. 

The PRRC's mission is to help reintegrate Veterans having severe mental Illness Into the community, and during the Pandemic that was difficult for VA, and even more so for this population of veterans. PRRC Staff are so grateful for this donation, as there were many veterans who were not able to virtually attend psychotherapy or psycho-educational classes provided by the PRRC. This was due to either the veteran not understanding how to use technology or not having the proper equipment to connect. 

Having tablets for those veterans In need will not only give them some incentive to join the very important classes PRRC makes available currently, but will also give them the knowledge and resources they will need if they ever encounter another pandemic or natural disaster. 

The tablets will be issued to veterans who have attended and completed a 10-12 week training with Tina Notebaert, PRRC Social service Assistant, on how to set-up the device, create an email account, online etiquette, setting up an electronic calendar, VA Video Connect, Web Ex, etc. It will also provide the ability for them to take advantage of VA and other mental health apps, eBooks, social media, journaling, and other outside services and resources. 

The PRRC team will also work with those vVeterans receiving these tablets to find a free or low-cost internet service provider, if they qualify. The PRRC ls currently able to start in-person groups ranging from seven to 10 people, and plan on starting virtual capability training as soon as possible.