Atlanta day shelter dedicates computer lab to Mendenhall

A plaque dedicating a computer lab in an Atlanta shelter in Mendenhall's honor was placed July 17.

Janice K. Mendenhall's legacy is living on at a daytime home and resource center for homeless women and children in Atlanta.

Mendenhall, a longtime and much-honored veteran of the General Services Administration, died in July 2001 in Atlanta, where she worked as regional administrator of GSA's Federal Technology Service. At the time, she was hailed not only for her government work but as an advocate for women and minorities.

Last month, the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children Inc. dedicated the Janice Mendenhall Technology Lab at the center, a nonprofit corporation that has operated in Atlanta since 1984. The room has four desktop computers to teach women at the shelter how to use a computer and basic applications.

Kitty Tucker, director of resource management for FTS' Southeast Sunbelt Region, said the room was built with money donated after Mendenhall died.

It was painted and decorated by volunteers from FTS, including Ron Holland, Charles Martin, Debbie Masson and Tucker. FTS donated the computers, and the systems were set up with help from GSA's Public Buildings Service. The Federal Supply Service donated flags and office supplies, Tucker said.

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