Bridge to Success Jan., 2020!

Imani - College Student

“It's learning from someone who wants you to grow.” 

Imani is all smiles as we celebrate National Mentoring Month!  She shared her progress report before heading back to college for spring semester. Once a high school student facing homelessness, today she's beaming as a college junior and one of 56 college students in our Bridge Mentoring Program

Jim Whalen - SOWMA Mentor

“People who help get far more out of it.”

Recently retired after 45 years as an information technology specialist, Jim learned of School on Wheels through his church, Saints Martha and Mary Parish of Lakeville, MA.  He’s now guiding two young adults impacted by homelessness through a GED program. He’s also setting a noble example for his own grown children. “There’s a lot of hurt in the world and you don’t have to go far to help,” he said. Here's to one of our many unsung heroes and a salute to National Mentoring Month!

Exceptional Mentor Recognition Award
National Mentoring Month, January 2020

SOWMA Mentor Ed Madan (L) with SOWMA's Bridge Mentor Program Director, Jonathan Vincent.
Ed received an "Exceptional Service Award" at the annual Brockton Promise Mentor Rally, a
forum to recognize outstanding community service for the youth of Brockton, Massachusetts.

Tayyaba - Counting her way up! 

Homelessness found Tayyaba filled with loneliness and stricken with fear about her future.  As part of our Bridge Mentoring Program, Tayyaba received consistent support and coaching and today she's a proud college senior. She leads the college's new student orientation program, works on campus 30 hrs/week, and boasts a 3.9 GPA. Tayyaba is counting down the days to her May 2020 graduation, when she'll receive her B.S. in Accounting and Finance. Her sights are now set on a Master's Degree in Taxation.  "If it weren't for the mentors and guidance at School on Wheels, I would have dropped out my first day," she said. Thanks for making our hearts mile, Tayyaba!

Steve Cerce: TUTOR - MENTOR - BACKPACK VOLUNTEER, Since 2004! 

Steve Cerce began tutoring for School on Wheels in 2004, the year of our founding. 
Darren (top left) was Steve's first student.  Darren was living in a local homeless shelter and struggling in school.
 Steve coached Darren through elementary school, middle and high school,
and stayed with him during multiple moves - and through trade school.
Darren studied electronics and today is a proud and confident IBEW Electrician.
Steve has also helped customize backpacks since our founding - with his then 4-year-old son Dominic.  
This February they were back - spending a school vacation day helping to support our mission to
#educatekids and #endhomelessness! 

"I've been doing this with my dad since I was four-years-old," said Dominic, now 17.  
"It feels good to help other kids." 

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