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Comcast Lift Zone ribbon cutting ceremony
From left to right: Guleford Bobo, Keith Jones, Phyllis Dillinger, Jessica Smith, Trayon White, Paula Blair, Stacy Burnette, Joon Bang, Anita Bonds, Christina Henderson 

As part of Comcast’s nationwide Lift Zone initiative, Iona's Washington Home Center in Congress Heights will now serve as a designated Lift Zone for older adults in need of Internet and technology access. 

“Becoming a Lift Zone is an important opportunity for Iona to help close the digital divide affecting older adults in southeast DC who lack essential access to technology and high-speed Internet,” says Iona CEO Joon Bang. “As an organization and community site, we are committed to bringing additional resources and opportunities to an area of the District that has long been underserved.”

As a Lift Zone, Iona's Washington Home Center will receive free high-speed Wi-Fi for three years, in addition to $10,000 and 15 laptops donated by Comcast. This support will allow Iona to enhance its technology programs for older adult participants, including Technology Tuesdays where participants learn how to create an email address, conduct information searches, make video calls with friends and family members, and listen to music online. In addition, the center will help participants research places they have "visited" through the use of virtual reality goggles. 

On July 11, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the center with participants, community members, and special guests. 

Event speakers:

  • Joon Bang, CEO, Iona

  • Anita Bonds, DC Councilmember At-Large

  • Stacy BurnetteSenior Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, Comcast Beltway Region

  • Christina Henderson, DC Councilmember At-Large 

  • Shawn Mcleod, Member, Iona Board of Directors & Chair, Iona Congress Heights Community Advisory Council

  • Jessica Smith, Interim Director, DC Department of Aging and Community Living

  • Trayon White, DC Councilmember, Ward 8

Special guests:

  • Paula Blair, Vice President, Iona Board of Directors

  • Guleford Bobo, Chair, DC Commission on Aging & Member, Iona Congress Heights Community Advisory Council

  • Janie HornMember, Iona Congress Heights Community Advisory Council

  • Phyllis Dillinger, CEO/CFO, The Washington Home Foundation

  • Reverend Kathy Pointer, Executive Director, Kingdom Care Senior Village & Member, Iona Congress Heights Community Advisory Council

  • Graylin Presbury, President, Fairlawn Citizens Association & Member, Iona Congress Heights Community Advisory Council

  • Reverend Dr. Wanda ThompsonMember, Iona Congress Heights Community Advisory Council


Read the press release here.

View photos from the event here. 

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