Cell Phones for Youth received a huge Boost from Rackspace

The THRU Project is pleased to announce a generous award from Rack Gives Back, the philanthropic arm of San Antonio's managed cloud company, Rackspace. Rackspace is known for the Fanatical Support® given to customers. And the company prides itself in giving back to the communities in which they live, work, and play in this same Fanatical manner.

The Cell Phone initiative of the THRU Project was designed to assist eligible youth with the tasks of communicating, employment, education, and safety. A smartphone may seem like a luxury, but to youth leaving foster care, it's a life line. The days of public phones are gone and landlines for public use are right behind. A smart phone allows youth to apply for employment, complete homework assignments, find the correct bus line, and locate services to help with legal, medical, education and emergency services. A phone also allows youth to maintain consistent communication with their THRU Project Advisor (mentor), employer, school, and other state services vital to their success.

The award from Rack Gives Back of $15,000 will allow the THRU Project to continue this important service for the youth within our program. We are extremely grateful to this local company for understanding and supporting our vision. As stated on the Rack Gives Back web page, the areas of education and technology are important areas to which Rackspace wishes to contribute: "A great education can elevate an entire community. We believe in the transformative value of education — and we walk the walk. (Additionally) as an IT company, we encourage the organizations we work with to focus on their core business, not wrestle with outdated systems. We are the service leader in the cloud, and we believe non-profits deserve to have nimble, efficient IT solutions that help them do great work in our community."

We are so happy that Rackspace is part of our community! To learn more about the operations of this managed cloud company as well as their support of the community, please visit https://www.rackspace.com/en-us.

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