Will Shopping for Dorm Supplies

Will is going to FSU!!!

Will is going to Framingham State University this fall. He is excited to live on campus with his peers and play on a competitive Division III football team. He is ready to begin a new chapter in his life after experiencing homelessness as a teenager.

Will's family moved into a motel after losing their housing. It was at the Holiday Inn in Brockton that Cheryl first met Will, while delivering backpacks to kids in the local motels.

Will credits his new backpack from School on Wheels with changing his life. He said after opening his backpack and seeing all of his new school supplies including a scientific calculator, he decided to get serious about school. He also decided to play football for the first time in his life, which he found he was good at. Although he was homeless, Will was making the best of his situation. (read previous article)

Will is grateful for the support he received through our program, which provides college access and assistance for students who have been impacted by homelessness.

When I asked Will what aspect of living on campus he was most excited about, he said, “I can’t wait to wake up in my dorm room and go to the dining hall for breakfast. Finally, I don’t have to worry about food anymore.” Coming from a big family--five sisters and a younger brother--he has shared a bed, or slept on the floor or an air mattress for most of his life. Now at 6’2” and 305 pounds, Will is thankful to have his own bed.

Last year Will attended junior college in upstate New York. He was unable to afford text books and his financial aid package did not cover them, so he borrowed books from classmates. His grades were so low his first semester that he was at risk of being kicked out of school. When Will joined our High School Plus program, we helped him purchase books and made sure he was connected to academic support services on campus. We also checked in weekly to make sure he stayed on track. Will was able to bring his GPA up from 1.0 to a 3.1 in just one semester, due to his hard work and SOWMA's support.

SOWMA not only provides resources and customized support for our students for long periods, we hold our students accountable to make sure they do everything necessary to be successful.

Will knows that he has to work harder off the field than on to be successful at FSU. He is taking his academics very seriously; he realizes it will change his life. Will is the first in his family to go to college, and he knows that earning his degree will benefit his entire family.

With Cheryl’s encouragement, Erica, one of our SOWMA supporters, took Will shopping for dorm supplies. Erica and Will bounced from aisle to aisle--choosing a comforter, sheets, towels, a rug, etc., to keep him comfortable and happy his first year on campus! Thank you Erica for caring about Will and supporting his college education!

Your support can also help us provide more students like Will with the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential not only in school, but in life.


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