Posts Tagged ‘homeless’

Showing Up for Excellence

Many of you have been asking me if I’m still tutoring Victor. I am. I’m continuing to tutor him once a week, though I’m going to be blogging about him once a month. Increased activity in the Reading Kingdom company (and rest of the blog) is the main reason for my decision. Great news! After several months of waiting and…

Truth in Tutoring

“How are you?” “Not good,” Victor said, as he flopped on the couch in despair, “I hate my life.” He fought back tears and told me what was going on. Our hour turned into more of a therapy session than a homework session, as he confessed to me the travails of his life, the details of which, even though Victor…

One boy who is getting a merry Christmas

The other day Victor’s mom, Maria, called me and a slew of friends and family in the US and Mexico with joyful news. “I got Section 8,” she cried, as excited as an actress winning an Oscar. Section 8 is a federal program provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that sponsors subsidized housing for low-income…

A Drab Building Houses a Bright Future

In the past few months, while I’ve been working to set up the conditions to enable Victor to do the Reading Kingdom on a regular basis, I’ve also introduced the program to two learning centers run by School on Wheels. The other day I visited one of the centers in the neighborhood formerly named South Central. In 2003 the city…

A Good Samaritan Donates a Computer

In my efforts to get Victor to use the Reading Kingdom I promised his mother that I would try to get him a donated laptop. School on Wheels volunteers are discouraged from giving large gifts, so I figured a donation would be the way to go. I put an ad on Craigslist. “Donate used laptop to help homeless kid learn…

My Broken Promise

As we waited for the shelter’s computer area to arrive, Victor and I fell into a pattern during our weekly visits. We did a session of the Reading Kingdom, played some educational games and then threw around a ball in the enclosed courtyard. Because he only did the reading program with me once a week (the program is designed to…