Educating Children Impacted by Homelessness

Our customized support services have become an academic lifeline for children who are impacted by homelessness. Our students know they can count on us for tutoring, mentoring, and educational advocacy, as well as backpacks and school supplies. School on Wheels of Massachusetts students are doing well in school despite the trauma of homelessness.

One hour a week is all it takes to help a child impacted by homelessness.  School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) recruits, trains and supports volunteers, who provide one-on-one tutoring for children in kindergarten through grade 12 living in  shelters and transitional apartments. To provide stability and consistency, tutors meet with students each week to reinforce grade level learning skills, work on school projects, and help boost the child's self-esteem.

School on Wheels of Massachusetts partners with parents to help them engage and advocate in all aspects of their child's education.

School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) provides students with the tools they need for success in the classroom. Each child is given a brand new backpack filled with new supplies and books, collected and packed by our community volunteers. Additional supplies are available throughout the year for school projects and classroom activities.  In the 2016-2017 academic school year, we distributed 2,400 full stocked backpacks; 800 more than we anticipated and we delivered thanks to YOU! 

Our High School Plus program provides guidance and assistance to high school students who are impacted by homelessness as they explore and navigate post-secondary educational and career plans.  Volunteer mentors are matched one-on-one with a student and offer consistent and positive support during a critical period of exploration and transition.  Our High School Plus staff work in partnership with the mentor and offer training, support services and resources.  School on Wheels is committed to helping each student reach his or her full potential and we stay with each student as they pursue college, vocational and other post-secondary plans.

We are looking for volunteers! Would you like to mentor a High School Plus college student? Apply to become a mentor here

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School on Wheels of Massachusetts tutors students at shelters, schools, and hotels in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Norwell, Randolph, Stoughton, and Weymouth. The following is a list of our program sites for the 2016-2017 school year.

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School on Wheels - MA
100 Laurel Street
Suite 121
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts 02333


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