Meet Jenn
A word from Jennifer:

"As the Education Director, I get the opportunity to see all of our sites and meet all of our families.  This past week I was at one of our sites.  A young student came running up to me with a great big hug.  He said, “remember when I was having problems…remember?!?!?”.  I told him that I remember and he said, “I’m all better!!!!”  he was so proud of himself and couldn’t wait to share his success with me." 


Pictured (top, left) are Linda Berolini, her daughter, Captain Mahase, and Officer Araujo of the Massasoit Campus Police dropping off donated school supplies at SOWMA headquarters.

At a recent Massasoit Community College Volunteer fair, our Program Assistant Stephanie, met Assistant to Chief of Police, Linda Berolini and Captain Corrine Mahase of the Massasoit Campus Police. This is what Stephanie had to say:

"They were both very exited to see someone from SOWMA, because Linda and the MCC campus police and staff have been actively donating school supplies for our students impacted by homelessness. They invited me to the campus police office, where I was so excited to talk with them about School on Wheels and to take a few pictures. Both Linda and Corrine were so pleasant and extremely enthusiastic about helping SOWMA’s kids. Linda and Captain Mahase drove to SOWMA in a patrol car to deliver their donations!"

One of our high school students was recently surprised with an iPad,  graciously donated by Ellie Waal. Our student will now have access to the internet in his room, and can communicate by email, go to Khan academy, the IXL website, listen to music and so much more, he will no longer be stuck in the room with no link to the outside world.  He was so grateful to have this resource; it was heartwarming to see him grinning ear to ear!  Thank you Ellie!


One snowy morning, School on Wheels was surprised with boxes of brand new books and gloves from Center School in Easton. During the month of January, Janice Narsasian, a kindergarten teacher at Center School involved her students in literacy activities focused on the book, The Mitten by Jan Brett. 

Sadly, family homelessness is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our country. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development reported that there were close to 5,000 families in emergency shelter in the fall of 2014. This is an increase of 25% from 2013. With family shelters filled to capacity, over 1,400 families are currently being sheltered in motels throughout our state. Keep in mind that this number does not include families who are: “doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars,” reports the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.


For the third time in five years SOWMA was chosen to receive the prestigious Sun Life Rising Star award and three SOWMA students received the honor of being chosen as a “Rising Star” amongst their high school peers. This year’s winning student Jakensen Verdul, a senior at New Bedford High School, received a Sun Life $5,000 scholarship grant that will allow him to pursue his dream of going to college and earning a business degree. Jakensen will be the first in his family to go to college! In a Sun Life pre-game check presentation at a Celtics game in November Jakensen was surprised with a large check and a meet and greet session with one of his favorite basketball players former Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo. Jakensen’s family and his tutors watched the Celtics game from a luxury box and received gifts of a new Sun Life tote bag to top off a night they will always remember!

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