Learning should be comfortable and presented without barriers or expectations. It needs no justification beyond curiosity.

Our programming specifically targets vulnerable families: those at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, first-generation college families, immigrants, single-parent households, refugees or their children, and households that lack technology. We believe that in this modern world, lacking access to current technology significantly diminishes your chances of success. It can be the difference between obtaining a sustainable career with opportunities for advancement and being stuck in the system.

While we did provide adult training in many technical skills, we found many participants could not put in the time required to learn these skills, the barrier to retention frequently became insurmountable, and there were students were unable to complete the curriculum we provided in the classroom. The bulk of this programming indeed helped many children – but not all of the children in our area, because the baseline of needs was even lower than we expected.

Computer-based homework is becoming the new standard in schools. For most students, this system works well. It permits instantaneous teacher-student-parent communication.Due to the increasing importance of technology literacy, students must now learn how to be comfortable with the technology they use, otherwise their homework will become uncomfortable and unintuitive.

The Geek Group served to increase technology literacy in the Grand Rapids area over the last year by providing over 3,200 families with computers loaded with the software students need to succeed. We have the capacity to expand our outreach to underserved families in the area by providing

For Halloween, we gave away computers to students in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

We provide computers and technology equipment available through our Computers for Families Initiative. We believe in order to be successful in today’s competitive workforce, direct access to technology is mandatory.

Our program is open to anybody who needs access. There are no geographic restrictions, and no income limits. We have computers available on a rolling basis. Our facility is open for computers from 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday. Reservations or appointments are not required.

Current computers available are:

Desktop – $40

  • Core 2 Duo 3ghz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 160GB hard drive

Desktop – $50

  • Core 2 Duo 3ghz
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 200GB or greater hard drive

Desktop computers come with a keyboard, mouse, and required cables. They are ethernet-ready, and will require an adapter for wifi.

Laptop – $75

  • Core i5 dual core 2.5ghz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 300 GB hard drive
  • 15″ screen

Laptop – $125

  • Core i5 dual core 2.5 ghz with hyper threading
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 300 GB hard drive
  • 17″ screen

All computers may have specs that exceed the listings.