This post is long overdue. A few years back, on my first national road trip, I connected with Indianapolis School on Wheels or @IndySOW on twitter. I love the School on Wheels program and I was impressed by IndySOW’s use of social media. They invited me to stop by but because my schedule was already filled with hard dates I could not make it happen. Well, when planning this last year I made sure a visit to Indianapolis School on Wheels was a sure thing.
Indianapolis School on Wheels provides educational help to homeless students in 10 shelters and 2 schools. They provide uniforms and a backpack filled with school supplies.
The day I was visiting IndySOW was at Dayspring Center, an emergency shelter for homeless families. In this interview, Cheryl Herzog, development coordinator for Dayspring Center, talks about how homelessness has changed. In the past, when families became homeless, all they need was a little support to get back on their feet. Today things are much different. Families are becoming homeless without any support system to get them out of homelessness.
I cannot stress enough how important programs like School on Wheels are to our growing population of homeless families with young children. If you are in or near Indianapolis please support IndySOW. For other parts of the country please support your local School on Wheels. They are always needing quality volunteers to help tutor young kids in homeless shelters. I received an email last week from School on Wheels here in Southern California and they are in desperate need of quality volunteers. For more info visit their website here.