By Cristina Cimerallo
I believe that education is vital to any child’s future. This charity helps remove some very large obstacles that homeless children face while trying to obtain and consistent education. Below are some statistics about homeless children.
· 1.6 million children experience homelessness during the year
· 292,000 in California, 56,000 of those children are in the regions this nonprofit serves – however, this number is based on children that have admitted to being homeless and the number is much larger
· The average age of a homeless child is 10
· Homeless families move 2 to 3 times a year and it can takes weeks for a child to start a new school
· Homeless students have 2x the rate of ear infections, 4x asthma, and are 5x more likely to have stomach problems
Over 90% of every dollar you give goes directly to making and supporting matches with homeless students and volunteer tutors in Southern California.
School on Wheels Statistics 2013
· Serves Five Southern California counties
· 1400 students
· 150 enrollments
· 1500 volunteer tutors
· 6200 backpacks with school supplies
· 90,000 hours of volunteer hours
· Scholarships for college, trade school, arts programs, apprenticeships
1. One-on-one tutoring
2. Backpacks, school supplies and uniform gift cards
3. Toll-free number for relocations
4. Help locating lost records
6. Referrals and additional support
Their Mission Statement:
The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear.
Since part of our mission at TNH is to provide a safe environment for members to achieve their full potential, I feel this is in line with helping children succeed and providing them with educational resources and stability.
For further information about School On Wheels please go to www.schoolonwheels.org
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of the “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.