Sprint Waste Computers Get Second Life at Houston Church

More than 70 pieces of computer equipment have found a new home thanks to a quick-thinking Sprint IT specialist who matched a problem with a solution.

Micheal Haddad, part of the IT team at Sprint Waste Services and a parishioner at St. Barbara Melkites of Houston, discovered his small church needed computers but was struggling with the cost of adding equipment. He discussed the need with Father Fadi Al Mimass, pastor of the Greek Catholic congregation, and realized Sprint Waste might be able to help since the company would soon be retiring equipment as part a planned computer upgrade.

The donation was especially helpful for the small mission church. Six years ago the parishioners along with Father Fadi established St. Barbara Melkites Church as the first Melkite mission church in the state of Texas. Since its inception, the Melkites have rented meeting space at St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church. Two years ago, St. Barbara bought 4.5 acres in southwest Houston (8955 South Braeswood Blvd.), and the congregation is now ready to start construction on a permanent building.

Father Fadi said his parish was grateful to Sprint Waste for the donation, and the equipment will benefit his church for years to come. “Thank you for your kindness and generosity,” he said in accepting the equipment. “My parish and I are forever grateful, and your kind donation will be put to a good use.” Father Fadi said his church will use the equipment to establish new offices and then make additional computers available to students and families in the parish.

Sprint Waste Chief Information Officer Andy Blanchard said he was pleased the computers found a good home at St. Barbara. “We had completed our equipment upgrade and were ready to offer the equipment for reuse,” he said. “We hope more companies will consider how their retired computers, phone systems and other office equipment can help others and find good reuse at schools, churches and nonprofit organizations.”