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.  Tutors meet with students for one hour, either once or twice weekly, to reinforce grade level learning skills, help with school projects and ultimately boost the child's academic and social confidence.  

We provide students with the tools they need for success in the classroom.  Each child is given a new backpack filled with customized school supplies and grade-level books that help foster a love for reading.  Our backpacks and supplies are collected and packed with love by many community volunteers.  

Our Bridge Program is a personalized mentor initiative designed to help homeless teens stay engaged throughout high school and continue onto college or vocational training.  We place special emphasis on working with unaccompanied youth, ages 16 - 22, who are on their own without the support of a parent or guardian.  

Numbers and Statistics

According to Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), there are currently more than 5,500 high school students impacted by homelessness enrolled in Massachusetts public schools. Of those, less than 1 in 4 will graduate.

As of June, 2019, SOWMA's Bridge Program has a graduation rate of 100%.
Most of our Bridge Program students are the first in their family to pursue a post-secondary degree.
Our Bridge Program currently has 56 students attending the following 18 colleges:

Boston University

Bridgewater State University

Bunker Hill Community College

Colgate University

Fisher College

Fitchburg State University

Husson University in ME

Massasoit Community College

New England College

Quincy College

Rollins University

Salem State University 

SUNY Oneonta

University of Massachusetts- Boston

University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester State University


Assessment of a student's needs to create realistic educational goals and plans.
Connect students to college planning agencies and/or vocational programs. 

Assist with matters not covered by financial aid or other agencies such as: school fees, text books, housing deposits, transportation passes, school supplies and other items as needed.

Provide academic support and tutoring when needed.

Serve as liaison between student and college/vocational faculty.

Connect students to resources on and off campus.

Serve as an ongoing mentor to students throughout their college or vocational career. 


For additional information, contact Jonathan Vincent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 508-587-9091. 


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