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At School on Wheels we are so lucky to work with amazing partners who help us meet our mission throughout the year. We partner with nine shelters and two schools to offer tutoring to students impacted by homelessness up to four nights a week. Our partners allow us the space and the staff support to provide meaningful impact for these youth and their families. Through these strong partnerships, we work together as a community to build a web of support for the homeless families in Indianapolis.

Salvation Army Barton Center is one of our wonderful partners. We provide tutoring to the students housed there three nights each week and have worked with their staff to provide summer programming for the past two years. Additionally, we offer parent workshops every month covering various educational topics, and we even bring a variety of fun community resources and activities to the families at Barton.  As a transitional shelter, many of the students we tutor in this location are in our program for an extended period of time, and our staff and volunteers enjoy building relationships with them throughout the year.

We know what Barton Center means to Indianapolis and to School on Wheels, but we wanted hear from Barton Center about what School on Wheels means to them.  As part of our Share the Love campaign, we heard from Salvation Army Barton Center, Case Manager, Chris Wynn about what makes our relationship with them so impactful.

“School on Wheels means that our school-age children have an outlet to enhance and build on their school work in a fun environment. Since we don’t have a designated play area or an activity director, the fun activities the tutors share with our children enrich their lives. This helps keep our kids out of trouble by offering them something positive, constructive and enjoyable to do before supper and bed time.

Through School on Wheels’ programs, we see children become more interested in learning and creativity. The parents, in turn, see that interest and become more encouraging. Special programs like art and wild animals have stimulated our children most positively.  I would also say the interaction our kids have with their adult tutors equips them to interact better with Barton staff and other grown-ups in our community.”

Thanks to Salvation Army Barton Center for being such a wonderful partner! We love working with organizations that are dedicated to improving the lives of children and families experiencing homelessness.