Tag: Agnes Stevens

Mar 1

March 2015 Newsletter

There is such tragedy and sorrow in our world. Every day, we learn of murder and mayhem, of war and hateful acts. There is also much beauty and joy. Our beloved Founder, Agnes Stevens, died last month. She was a visionary and the most positive person I’ve met. She saw beauty everywhere. She did not let anything stand in her way when it came to helping homeless children.

Emily Austin, a young woman at the beginning of life’s journey, also died, killed tragically in a car accident. Out of this heartbreak, came hope for our homeless students. Sue Taylor, President of OMD Entertainment, established a memorial fund in her honor and over 50 of Emily’s colleagues are volunteering to tutor our homeless students in her honor. This is what Sue said about Emily:

“When our friend and co-worker, Emily Austin, was killed so suddenly, our company looked for a way to channel our feelings of love for her and our grief at the tragedy to do something good in her honor. School on Wheels was an answered prayer. It allows us to give back to children, upended by circumstance, who are asking for help. Helping homeless children was always a passion of Emily’s and her family. The flexibility, training, organization, and reputation of School on Wheels has provided a tailor-made solution for us to give back in memory of our dear Emily.”

What wonderful legacies these women have left. They will continue to inspire us to help our students succeed in their number one job as a child: going to school and learning.

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Catherine Meek
Executive Director 

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Feb 13

In Memoriam, Agnes Stevens 1935 – 2015

Agnes Stevens Founder of School on Wheels died February 13, 2015

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

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May 27

7 Things About Homeless Kids You Probably Didn’t Know

The Huffington Post - 7 Things About Homeless Kids You Probably Didn't Know

 

There are more than 1.6 million homeless children living in the United States, says The National Center on Family Homelessness. That’s one in every 45 American kids who goes to sleep at night without a bed to call their own. This Huffington Post article by Ann Brenoff highlights seven things that you probably didn’t know and also mentions School on Wheels and our Founder, Agnes Stevens.

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Apr 3

World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child 2008

WCPRC 2008

HRM Queen Silvia of Sweden and the prize laureates.

Agnes Stevens’ 20 year fight on behalf of homeless children was recognized in 2008, when she became one of three women to receive this special honor. Known as the children’s “Nobel Prize,” winners are chosen by a global vote from a pool of 17 million children in 37,000 schools in 92 countries. It is the world’s most prestigious prize for defenders of children.