Over the weekend, the LA Times posted an obituary for School on Wheels Founder, Agnes Stevens. Agnes founded School on Wheels in 1993 and since then, tutors from School on Wheels have helped tens of thousands of homeless students. To read more about Agnes’ inspiring life, follow the link above.
I am so sad to tell you that Agnes Stevens, Founder of School on Wheels, died last night after a long illness. For those of us who knew and loved Agnes, this is a huge loss. She was one of those very special human beings who inspired everyone around her. She had such courage and the vision to see beyond all the road blocks in life. She had an unwavering belief in and passion for School on Wheels. Agnes always said it takes so little to make a difference in a child’s life. She certainly did that for the thousands of homeless children whose lives have been touched by School on Wheels.
She was an extraordinary woman who made a lasting difference in our lives and this world. We all wanted to be a part of making Agnes’ dream of helping homeless children come true. We will miss her every day.
With deep sorrow, Catherine
Catherine Meek, Executive Director
Here’s a link to the Agnes Stevens Memorial Fund
When we developed our three-year strategic plan at the end of 2011, we established an ambitious and audacious goal to double the number of students we tutor. And with your help, encouragement and support, we did!
You made last year the best yet for School on Wheels and all our students. 3,129 homeless students in Southern California were tutored by 1,816 volunteers in 2014! We awarded scholarships to 12 outstanding students, presented the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award to 167 remarkable volunteers, provided backpacks, schools supplies, uniforms, bus tokens and computers to over 6,000 homeless kids, and you, our kind and very generous friends donated over $1.5 million in gifts.
We can only accomplish this work because of you. With one in every 30 kids homeless in America, we have much to do. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the magnitude of the numbers, but we can’t forget that each of those statistics is a child, a child who is scared and lonely and falling behind in school. You provide a critical benefit to that child, one that literally has the power to change the course of her life. You enrich and make a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of homeless children.
With deep gratitude and admiration,
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