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! 

Mentors are paired one-on-one with a high school or college student and provide guidance and support as students explore and navigate post-secondary educational or career plans.  

Volunteer mentors provide consistent support and encouragement during a critical period of exploration and transition.  

Our High School Plus staff provide training, support services and resources.  School on Wheels is committed to helping each student reach his or her full potential and we stay with students as they pursue college, vocational and other post-secondary goals. 

For information about High School Plus and mentoring, contact Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 508-587-9091. 

Applications are now being accepted for fall, 2017 semester. 

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High School Plus Numbers and Stats

Numbers and Stats

  • More than 13,000 high school students are currently enrolled in Massachusetts public school are impacted by homelessness. Of those, less than 1 in 4 will graduate. Our High School Plus program has a graduation rate over 90% each year.  Most of our High School Plus students are the first in their family to pursue a post-secondary degree.
  • High School Plus currently has 32 students enrolled in college and 12 high school seniors heading to college this fall (2017).
  • We are proud of our students currently attending college at:
Bridgewater State University | Bunker Hill Community College |  Elms College | Roxbury Community College  | Framingham State University | Massasoit Community College | Quincy College | UMass Boston | UMass Dartmouth |  Tufts University | Husson University

Sponsor a Student

High School Plus sponsorship amounts:

  • $70- One Month Commuter Transportation Pass
  • $100- Graphing Calculator
  • $250- College Textbooks
  • $500- College Dorm supplies
  • $1,000- College Tuition Assistance 

High School Plus Services

• Provide a personal discussion and assessment of the student’s needs and create realistic short-term and long-term educational goals for future plans.
• Connect students to college planning agencies or vocational programs.
• Assist with application process (including financial aid, SAT/ACT registration, letters of recommendation, scholarships etc.).
• Assist with items not covered by financial aid or other agencies such as: school fees, textbooks, housing deposits, transportation passes, school supplies, etc.
• Provide academic support and tutoring, when possible.
• Serve as liaison between the student and their college or vocational faculty.
• Connect students to resources on and off campus.
• Serve as on-going mentors to students throughout their college or vocational career.

To learn more about unaccompanied youth homelessness:


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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