CAMBA Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Isaac Rauch Computer Lab at Park Slope Women’s Shelter

CAMBA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 30th for the Isaac Rauch Computer Lab at the Park Slope Women’s Shelter. The official naming of the lab honors the memory of Isaac Rauch, a CAMBA supporter who worked very closely with New York City Comptroller (then City Councilman) Brad Lander —as well as current City Councilwoman Shahana Hanif — to successfully secure funds through the participatory budgeting process and make the computer lab a reality. We were joined at the ribbon cutting by Isaac’s parents Lisa Anderson and Marc Rauch and many of Isaac’s family, friends, and coworkers.

The Isaac Rauch Computer Lab at the Park Slope Women’s Shelter provides residents with access to computers and software, allowing them to work on their resume and apply to jobs, search for housing, or even continue their education, developing the skills they need to succeed in today’s increasingly digital world.

A former resident, Sandra, shared with us what the computer lab meant to her during her time at the shelter:

“When I lived at the shelter during the worst of the pandemic, the computer lab was instrumental to me. It was so convenient to be able to go there and use the computers to search for apartments, and I also used it for my schoolwork while I was taking classes through CAMBA’s Adult Education Center. I’m in my own apartment now, and it’s a blessing. It’s my palace. I’m a firm believer that what you do and what you give comes back to you – I give my kudos and my respect to CAMBA and I’m so grateful to Isaac Rauch for what he did for us.”

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate Isaac’s legacy with us.

Photo at top, from left to right: Isaac’s father Marc Rauch; Isaac’s mother Lisa Anderson; Councilwoman Shahana Hanif; Isaac’s friend Dara Kagan; CAMBA President & CEO Joanne Oplustil. Photo on bottom left: Isaac’s parents Lisa Anderson and Marc Rauch. Photo on bottom right, from left to right: Comptroller Brad Lander; Marc Rauch; Lisa Anderson.