From left, Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest, We Are Here foundation president Thomas Cleaver, Harrison Township Senior Center coordinator Diane Nelson, Harrison Township Clerk Adam Wit, and Thomas Reuter, of Legacy Partners, gather at the Tucker Senior Center Aug. 19 as six new laptops (four are pictured) are delivered.

From left, Harrison Township Supervisor Ken Verkest, We Are Here foundation president Thomas Cleaver, Harrison Township Senior Center coordinator Diane Nelson, Harrison Township Clerk Adam Wit, and Thomas Reuter, of Legacy Partners, gather at the Tucker Senior Center Aug. 19 as six new laptops (four are pictured) are delivered.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Refurbished laptops donated to local senior center

By: Nick Mordowanec | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published September 2, 2020

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 19, two local groups donated six refurbished laptops to the Harrison Township Senior Center.

The nonprofit organization We Are Here Foundation connected with Harrison Township-based Legacy Partners Insurance Services and its sister company, MediGuide, to help give seniors and staff something to smile about this pandemic.

Over the years, the We Are Here Foundation has provided various southeast Michigan school districts over $500,000 worth of new office furniture and student desks.

Recently, the foundation helped renovate an unused elementary school in St. Clair Shores to a fully functional nonprofit center.

“A friend of mine said that these poor people have nothing over there (at the Harrison Township Senior Center),” said foundation president Tom Cleaver.

That’s when he connected with his old friend, Tom Reuter, who is a senior consultant at MediGuide. Along with intending to provide local seniors with Medicare presentations as COVID-19 subsides, the company wanted to put seniors’ needs above its own.

“I wanted to do everything in my power to help make this wish a reality,” Reuter said in a press release. “We want to do more than help with Medicare. We want to be an integral part of the community.”

Cleaver said the six laptops are refurbished and updated with Windows 10 operating systems and Microsoft Office software. He said they would probably sell for between $350 and $400 each, and are likely the first of other future donations.

Diane Nelson, coordinator at the senior center, was “thrilled” to hear about the donation. She said some of the center’s current computers are still running on Microsoft Vista, while others sometimes don’t boot up at all.

She said it’s also helpful in a time when only three computers are being utilized in the local library, due to social distancing measures. She said seniors can work on social security matters, income tax filings and other things.

Her background as a computer teacher at a middle school will come in handy, she added.

“I feel like I can help (seniors) and train them,” said Nelson, who took over her position one week before the pandemic hit. “It’s just a godsend to me and our seniors. So many don’t have the internet access and money for internet access.”

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