Dorcas Non-Profit Community Computer School:
Community Services, Inc., began as an idea in the mind of Dorcas
Chandler, Chief Executive Officer. She met a man one-day at a
temporary agency who was applying for a janitorial position. All he
wanted to do was find a job, any job, so that he could support his
family. However, in this computer age, the temporary agencies do
all of their testing on computers. This man was lost. He had no
who has always had a desire to help people, was moved deeply by this
man - a stranger to her. She could feel his frustration, caused by
his lack of computer knowledge. It made her think about the many
people in today’s society who lack the basic computer knowledge that
could get them that much-needed job. People who did not go to
college; people who were misplaced in the work force due to
downsizing; people who came from the old school when computers were
still a thing of the future; and yes, elderly people who are now
forced to go out and find work because Social Security is not enough
to live on.
began her dream of starting a computer-training program for people
in the community who didn’t have the necessary computer knowledge to
get them in a better position to excel. She also wanted to give
seminars on topics of interest such as mentoring; dealing with
children with behavior problems; single parenting; gang prevention;
August of 1996, Dorcas shared her ideas with her parents, Pastor's
Garland & Alma Chandler. They thought the idea of a Computer School
was excellent, and advised her to start building on this dream.
Bishop Chandler (her father) was the pastor of Truelight Gospel
Ministries, and allowed Dorcas to operate out of the church office.
Dorcas moved her computer equipment out of her bedroom, and set it
up in the office of Truelight Gospel Ministries. There she started
putting her ideas on paper.
this early stage, Dorcas was not quite sure how to proceed in
starting up a computer center, however, God placed people in her
path and began showing her how to become a corporation. X-Cell
Community Services, Inc., became incorporated September 24, 1996.
November, Dorcas shared her vision with Marti McKeon.
Marti was very inspired by what Dorcas was trying to accomplish, and
felt compelled to assist her in making this dream a reality.
wanted to make sure that a solid foundation was laid for X-Cell,
however, later found out that she had to redo some of her corporate
filings. It was truly trial and error, however, she continued,
until she got it right.
January 1997, Dorcas began selecting her Board of Directors and
Advisors. By February, the Board and Advisors were in place. She
had her first Board Meeting on March 22, 1997 at the Red Roof Inn in
San Dimas, California.
that time, many ideas and goals were discussed regarding X-Cell.
During this meeting, the Board decided that we would bring it all
together by not only offering computer training, but with that
training we would provide job development skills and confidence
building. We then adopted the theme “Bringing it all
together”. It was then that Dorcas realized that her dream
and passion for the community was shared by her Board and Advisors,
and making X-Cell Community Services a reality rested on the
shoulders of all who were gathered at that first Board Meeting.
April 18, 1997, X-Cell received its 501©3, which allows her to
operate as a public support organization. As a result, many
opportunities lie ahead for X-Cell. We had our first fund-raiser, a
Bake Sale, on May 17, 1997 in front of Food 4 Less on the corner of
Holt and Indian Hill in Pomona, to open our first bank account.
During the month of April and May Dorcas wrote the computer training
manuals (Excel, Word, Basic Computer, and a Typing manual).
Included in these manuals were job development skills,
self-development skills and resources.
1997 Dorcas was introduced to a teacher, who would share with the
organization ideas of teaching youth to develop basic study skills.
We then launched a pilot program called Operation L.E.A.P. (Literacy
Enrichment and Achievement Program) to see if we could make a
difference in the lives of youth. As the program was a great
success we continued the program.
Literacy program was geared to helping children in the surrounding
areas ‘Understand the Basics’. We taught basic reading,
writing, math and computer skills to youth ages 7-14.
was not just about computers anymore. It was about making a positive
difference in adults and youth lives in any way that we could. It
was about giving people the resources to make a positive difference
in their own lives. It was about people getting on their feet
and standing up tall. It was about helping people “Excel
all of our desire, we had one goal: X-Cell Community Services, Inc.,
want to help meet the needs of the people of our community.
The next stages
of my life:
Life has many different challenges. Some we
understand and some we don't. But regardless of the shifting of the
wind, we must carry on, and 'Never give up-Never.'
Dorcas’ Father became stricken with
cancer in 2003, forcing her to close down her non-profit computer
center. She came home to aid both parents during this time of
transitioning in their lives before they died.
As a result she suffered a back injury in the
process of helping her parents and is no longer able to
work her school. Dorcas has no regrets for helping her parents. They
were the two most important people in her life. This is why
regardless of the struggle with her health, she still is determined
to journey on.
Dorcas no longer write computer manuals or teach
computer, but she has shifted her focus. In her spare time she is
now writing books that will hopefully encourage others.
you decide to purchase a book from this website, Thank you! Also
please remember; the most important thing in life besides God, is
you family. Love them because they are priceless.