Dallas Mavericks Gift Renovated Computer Lab to Arlington Life Shelter
By Dallas Mavericks
Posted on July 23, 2020, July 23, 2020

The Mavs Foundation has completed renovation on what is now known as the Mavs Computer Lab at Arlington Life Shelter, the 45th learn and play space donated by the Foundation since 1996.

A technological boost was given to the homeless shelter that over 25,000 homeless men, women and children have sought refuge at over the past 33 years.

The Mavericks hope to assist in leading a path to self-sufficiency by partnering with Arlington Life Shelter in this way. The renovation is part of a larger $5 million Arlington Life Shelter project unveiled in June. The new 12,000-square-foot, two-story facility features expanded space and additional services to families challenged by homelessness, as well as a contemporary design to promote an atmosphere of dignity, inspiration, safety and hope.

The revamped Computer Lab will provide residents with technology to work and improve on career and life skills during their stay. In the computer lab, residents will find brand-new desktop computers, headphones, desks, chairs and other digital gadgets. With these resources, residents are given the opportunity to work on their resumes and other tools that can help with potential career and overall life goals. 

The revamped Computer Lab will provide residents with technology to work and improve on career and life skills during their stay. In the computer lab, residents will find brand-new desktop computers, headphones, desks, chairs and other digital gadgets. With these resources, residents are given the opportunity to work on their resumes and other tools that can help with potential career and overall life goals.

"We see a number of uses for the lab-teaching classes, getting people accustomed to technology for future jobs, to make it available for people to work on resumes," said Jim Reeder, Arlington Life Shelter interim executive director. "We'll be learning as we go along of the value of what we can do in there."

There is also a 14 ft. mural featured on one of the lab’s walls that represents the mission and vision of Arlington Life Shelter, to promote self-sufficiency for North Texans impacted by homelessness.

“The mural in the new lab says ‘Learn from yesterday. Live for today. Hope in tomorrow’,” SVP of External Affairs and President of Mavs Foundation Katie Edwards said. “We hope this space provides much needed technology to take steps towards ‘A New Day. A New Home. A New Life.’ But that it also provides hope and encouragement as we walk beside them in that journey.”

Along with the updated technology and furniture, the pristine computer lab will include sanitation stations, supplies and other personal protective equipment (PPE). The Mavericks recognize and appreciate the endless hours of dedication the case managers, resident assistants and other front-line workers continue to put into the homeless shelter and its residents. This PPE has been put in place to further serve the community and slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Mavs Foundation has completed renovation on what is now known as the Mavs Computer Lab at Arlington Life Shelter, the 45th learn and play space donated by the Foundation since 1996.

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