Dec 23 21

Helping the Younger Generation — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

When the coronavirus pandemic hit millions of individuals were struck with the realization that they needed to continue their regular lives but did not have the means to do so. One of the most universal examples are those in school who didn’t have the technology at home to continue their lessons or fulfill all their duties. 

Mitchell Barbour is an 11-year-old from Clayton, North Carolina who reached out to HTI to receive a Chromebook laptop to complete his homework and get better tutoring. 

Mitchell’s mother unfortunately passed away earlier this year leaving him and his brother to stay in the home of his grandmother who has no computer at all while his father is at work. 

HTI is excited to announce Mitchell as another recipient of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. We are so happy to help Mitchell in his early days now and see where his education takes him in the future. 

If you would like to help members of the community who are looking to improve their lives through technology, please consider donating to HTI. Visit our website to fill out a donation form or call us to learn how you can help with our efforts.

Dec 22 21

Using Technology to Improve Your Lifestyle — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

Simple things like work and lifestyle management are hard to imagine without consistent access to a computer. 

Alexis Amato of Raleigh, North Carolina is looking to get on her feet and do more for herself with a Chromebook donation from HTI.

Alexis shared with HTI that she’s trying to reenroll in school and apply for a full-time job and would find the best success with her own personal device. 

“ I know everyone takes little things for granted! But you can do so much more even with the simple gift of a computer it will completely make a difference in my world for the better,” she shares. 

As Alexis expressed challenges with her current class attendance and work management, we at HTI are excited to see the development of her future by awarding her a new laptop. 

If you’d like to be apart of someone’s journey in transforming their life or the lives of those they help in the community please visit our website to donate to HTI.

Dec 21 21

Gaining Independence from Personal Technology — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

It’s easily forgotten how access to technology can make a person feel more independent. Especially in our current climate the ability to do things from home allows everyone to still feel like they have some semblance of control or autonomy in such an unpredictable time. 

Raleigh resident, Shaude Cooper has asked for HTI’s help to have this same feeling as she heals from recent health issues and looks to the future. 

As a recipient of HTI’s 12 of Christmas Giveaway, Shaude plans to use her laptop to take online classes toward a nursing degree and become a notary. 

We at HTI are so happy to help Shaude as she looks to become a member of the medical industry, which does so much for our country. 

If you’d like to be apart of someone’s journey in transforming their life or the lives of those they help in the community please visit our website to donate to HTI.

Dec 17 21

Using Technology to Alleviate Stress and Combat Substance Abuse — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

Back in August, HTI discussed how stress can be a catalyst for substance abuse in someone’s life. Stress can be caused by multiple factors including job loss, eviction, and domestic violence. 

Erica Lewis is a mother of five and domestic violence survivor looking to use technology to transform not only her life but those of fellow survivors.

“I have experienced a lot of trauma and I just want to give back and help women that have been through what I have been through,” she said. 

Erica is affiliated with Gang Free Inc. and recently accepted into Liberty University to further my degree. HTI is happy to offer Erica a Google Chromebooks laptop as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.

We are excited to see the positive impact this donation makes on Erica, her children, and all those who will hear her story of triumph. 

If you’d like to be apart of someone’s journey in transforming their life or the lives of those they help in the community please visit our website to donate to HTI.

Dec 16 21

Giving to Those Who Give Back — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

During the holiday season it’s important to recognize those whose giving spirit extends throughout the entire year. Toni Terry of Henderson is a great example of this person serving as the Educational Coordinator at the Salvation Army of Henderson, she tutors children struggling in school. 

Toni asked for HTI’s help to better assist her students with a Google Chromebook and further her own educational studies. 

“While tutoring, I often have times when I try to show my students a better broken down example via video but it’s more difficult without a computer,” she said. 

We at HTI are excited for the future of Toni and her students as consistent access to technology will provide them the opportunity to fully access all resources and excel in whatever they pursue. 

If you would like to help members of the community who are looking to improve their lives through technology, please consider donating to HTI. Visit our website to fill out a donation form or call us to learn how you can help with our efforts.

Dec 15 21

Improving Computer Literacy Across Generations — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

At HTI we believe that learning knows no bounds and that everyone should have the opportunity to be up to date on technology.  As we make our own guides to help more senior individuals understand the growing com cities of the digital space, they can only learn so much without the proper access to technology. 

Henderson citizen Ulice Evans, 65, is just one of many retired individuals with a vitality and thirst for learning and keepi; up with these changing times. 

“With technology rising it is almost impossible to survive without updating your skills in computers,” Evans said. 

Ulice joined the Spoken Existence Ministries class to learn how to better use a Google Chrome tablet and communicate more effectively. However, Ulice realizes that especially in the time of COVID she needs full access to technology when at home and while on the go to communicate with her grandchildren, apply for jobs, and be an active member in her church activities. 

As a loving community member who also serves food to the needy Monday to Friday with The Golden Age Club of Henderson Rec. Dept, Acts of Henderson, we at HTI are thrilled to donate to Ulice as part of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. 

If you would like to help members of the community who are looking to improve their lives through technology, please consider donating to HTI. Visit our website to fill out a donation form or call us to learn how you can help with our efforts.

Dec 14 21

Aiding the Future of Medicine — 12 Days of Christmas

Tranelle Maner

More than any other time, the Coronavirus pandemic emphasized the digital divide or disparity in access to reliable technology. Although the world’s increased digitization propelled many into new fields and levels of education, others struggled to keep up with classes or employment because of their lack of technology. 

One of those people is full-time Vance-Granville Community College student Marian Harris. Marian is a mother and aspiring medical assistant. However, Marian has found it challenging to manage the education of her and her 8th-grade son, who share a laptop to view lessons and complete homework assignments. 

Thankfully, Marian is one of 12 lucky selected individuals to receive a free Google Chromebook donation from HTI as part of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. 

We at HTI are so excited to see what endeavors lay ahead for her and her family as they reach success with more consistent and accessible technology at hand. Especially in the time of COVID, it’s a pleasure to do our part in aiding the future of medical practice.

Dec 10 21

Supporting the Community – Brenda’s Story

Tranelle Maner

Imagine having a condition that requires you to have support on a daily basis, but COVID prevents you from having that support? Brenda sustained a traumatic brain injury at the age of 23 when she was involved in a car accident. Now in her 50s, she is recovering from substance misuse and has been clean for eight years. With all the challenges she faces daily, Brenda is very thankful for the Chromebook she received from HTI. It has literally helped to save her life.

When the pandemic occurred Brenda was unable to attend her NA meetings in person and she didn’t always have the technology available to her to attend virtually. The computer has given her the ability to attend NA meetings daily and meet with her sponsor whenever she needed or wanted too. In these tough times Brenda having her resources is vital to prevent isolation and increase communication for her Wellness Recovery Plan. HTI provided Brenda with a computer. Brenda is very thankful and forever grateful!

This is how old laptops lead to new opportunities

Aug 10 21

How Stress Creates Alcohol Addiction

Tranelle Maner

Alcohol abuse is a major problem in the United States. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol abuse is responsible for 88,000 deaths annually in the US alone. In addition to this toll, it costs an estimated $223.5 billion per year. While there are many reasons why people fall into alcohol abuse, there’s one major culprit that often gets overlooked: stress.

What Is Stress?

Stress can be defined as physical or emotional discomfort caused by the forces of nature. In most cases, it is the combination of physical discomfort and emotional distress that causes stress.

The brain tends to protect itself from any new stressful situations by flooding it with chemicals, called neurotransmitters, and making it harder for those neurotransmitters to be released, thus decreasing the effects of stress. The neurotransmitter dopamine, which helps make us feel good, is one of these chemicals. When we’re in a good mood, we release dopamine. When we’re depressed, we release less dopamine. But if too much stress is released, dopamine won’t be released as much, which can lead to feelings of depression and lower self-esteem

Stress comes from a variety of sources and is oftentimes a necessary part of life. However, chronic stress can take a toll on a person’s body and their emotional state, which often results in several physical and emotional problems.

Major sources of stress include money worries, unemployment, and relationship problems.

How Does Stress Harm the Body?

Here’s a simple explanation of how stress can harm your body and why it can be such a deadly threat to your health: the human body has a stress response that can be triggered in many different ways. In order to avoid danger, it activates the stress response. During the response, the body’s vital organs are stimulated and the immune system sends out an alarm to signal to the rest of the body that it is under threat. This alarm gets your adrenaline flowing and the heart races, and is accompanied by a rise in the levels of stress hormones. The levels of these hormones are usually controlled by a master hormone called Cortisol. A surge of the hormone, which can last anywhere from minutes to hours, triggers the brain’s dopamine reward system. Stress hormones like cortisol stimulate your cells to respond by increasing your blood sugar and energy levels, producing an immediate reward. But there’s a strong link between cortisol and depression. It also plays a major role in the development of alcoholism.

The Link Between Stress and Substance Addiction

Stressful times aren’t often talked about, but a study conducted by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University found that heavy alcohol use correlates with higher levels of stress. The results of this study support the idea that higher levels of stress can lead to an increased likelihood of addiction to substances like alcohol, although this may not be an effective mechanism to explain addiction from other substances such as nicotine or cocaine.


It’s estimated that a third of the general population in the US is suffering from stress on a daily basis and stress is far more damaging than you think.

Aug 3 21

Substance Abuse: What Is It and Who Does It Affect?

Tranelle Maner

As the world is beginning to return to regular activity amid a post pandemic world it’s important to highlight the effects lockdown and isolation has had on the public. More Americans died of drug overdoses than ever last year. Despite the presence and widespread use of the instant lifesaving Narcan treatment, deaths rose by a horrific 30 percent.

Job loss, eviction, and facility closings are all factors that lead to an increase in substance abuse and in some cases death. In the most recent statistics, nearly 20 million Americans age 12 and over needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem — but only 2.5 million received treatment at a specialized facility. If you’re someone who needs help with addiction, it’s worth knowing that there are many different routes to recovery. This ultimate guide will help you understand the most common types of addiction, how to get help, and what sort of support is available out there for you.

What Is A Substance Addiction?

To be “addicted” to drugs or alcohol means that you have an uncontrollable desire to use these substances, despite the negative impact that they’ve had on your life. While you can become addicted to almost anything, drug addiction and alcohol addiction are two of the most common types of substance abuse disorders.This means you’ve chosen one of these substances because you’ve developed a strong desire to use them. Examples of habits that can make someone addicted to drugs include recurring drug abuse or binge drinking.

What Makes Someone Addicted To Drugs Or Alcohol?

There are many theories and reasons as to why people develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Some people believe that there may be a genetic predisposition to addiction. This means that if someone in your family has an addiction, you may be more likely to develop an addiction. Other people believe that some people are more likely to use drugs or alcohol because of their environment.For instance, if someone in your family is constantly stressed because of their job, it’s likely that they’re going to find it difficult to deal with everyday life without drugs to ease the pressure. People who live in impoverished areas often grow up thinking of drugs as an easy way out of their day-to-day struggles.

How Do You Know If Someone Is An Addict?

Does their job involve them coming home after a long day at work, having a few drinks and nodding off without realizing it? Or is it when they come home from the dentist and stack 3–4 cocktails in front of them without a second thought. It seems that everyone has some sort of substance abuse problem, but it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what kind of addiction someone is having.
There are 5 stages of addiction: 1) pre-contemplation 2) contemplation 3) preparation 4) action 5) maintenance.

Many addicts don’t realise that they have a problem. They become unaware that they’re taking a drug too often or that their drug use has become a habit.

There are a couple of different types of substance abuse disorders — casual use, nonmedical use, and medical use. It can be very confusing at first to decipher exactly what kind of abuser someone is. They might start experimenting with a friend or binge-watch the latest TV series or movie. Gambling or excessive spending might also start to creep in. However, what seems like a harmless diversion can soon spiral out of control.


Drug or alcohol addiction is a progressive disease that can take over an individual’s life if left untreated. There are many signs that someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol, but there is also help available for those who feel they need it.