Arundel House of Hope and Mavenspire, Inc. Announce Partnership to Help the Homeless

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Mavenspire is providing 40 voice lines for homeless job-seekers to put on resumes. Digium's open source Asterisk system is a key element in allowing this free service.

Arundel House of Hope and Mavenspire have recently come together to provide much needed technology solutions to the county's homeless.

"One of the main issues the homeless face in finding jobs, and reintegrating into independent living, is that they have no permanent address or phone number at which they can connect with potential employers. Arundel House of Hope provides an address for the homeless through its Resource and Day Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and now Mavenspire will provide individualized voice mailboxes in which men and women seeking to gain employment can be reached" said Mary Alexander, Director of Development for Arundel House of Hope.

Jessica Tanenhaus cites Digium's open source Asterisk system as one of the reasons Mavenspire is able to offer this service to the House of Hope. "Open source allows us to do something positive for our community now, without requiring us to be a huge company with massive resources. Without the Digium Asterisk technology, I doubt a company our size would even consider that we would be able to make much of a difference." Open source refers to any program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. Open source software is usually developed as a public collaboration and made freely available.

The arrangement will consist of 40 voice mailboxes and will fully launch on September 21, 2007.

For additional information on the partnership see the contact information below.

ABOUT ARUNDEL HOUSE OF HOPE - Arundel House of Hope, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves men and women experiencing homelessness throughout Anne Arundel County Maryland, empowering individuals to seize opportunity for positive change and assisting with the integration from homelessness to independence. Supported by a membership of over 40 community churches, organizations, and over 2,000 volunteers, Arundel House of Hope is the only homeless services group in the county that offers a continuum of assistance (temporary, transitional, and permanent housing) to individuals from the moment they become homeless through reintegration into permanent independent living. http://www.arundelhoh.org

ABOUT MAVENSPIRE - Founded in 1999, Mavenspire provides tailored IT solutions integrating the best open source and proprietary technologies. Its main practice groups include Business Continuity, Corporate Collaboration, and IT management. Located in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan area, Mavenspire delivers cutting-edge technology solutions backed by exceptional customer service. http://www.mavenspire.com

DIGIUM SYSTEM INFORMATION - Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, created, owns, and is the innovative force behind Asterisk, the most widely used open source telephony software. Since its founding in 1999, Digium has grown to become the open source alternative to the traditional communication providers, with offerings that cost as much as 80 percent less than proprietary voice communication platforms. Digium makes Asterisk available to the open source community under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and uses business-class Asterisk to power a broad family of products for small, medium and large businesses. The company's product line also includes a wide range of hardware to enable resellers and customers to design their own voice over IP (VoIP) systems. This year alone, more than 12 billion minutes of calls will be made using Asterisk. More information is available at http://www.digium.com.

CONTACT: Arundel House of Hope
Glen Burnie, MD
Mary Alexander
410-863-4888
410-863-7235
malexander(at)arundelhoh.org

CONTACT: Mavenspire, Inc.
Hanover, MD
Melissa Cavanaugh
443-433-0106 ext. 528
888-812-9499
mcavanaugh(at)mavenspire.com

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