Posts Tagged ‘homeless’

Our Summer of Love

Summer came and I was ready to fulfill my promise to Victor. One afternoon I brought along my laptop to the shelter and while I waited for him to arrive, showed some other kids the reading program, as well as the case manager. I offered to make the program available for free to any kid in her facility. “Perfect timing,”…

A Promise

Guess what? The drug didn’t make Victor less angry, and only occasionally more attentive. At times he loved learning and other times hated it. He frequently responded to not being able to do something with tantrums, threats or stubborn refusals. Sometimes I could navigate through his resistance and nudge him down a path that enabled him to accept my help…

Three Months Later the Honeymoon was Over

That idyllic first session with Victor, where he hunkered down to his homework, resisting the lure of new presents and other distractions, was never to be repeated. By February, I knew him to be a much more complex, endearing and troubled boy than I had glimpsed in our first meeting. I had also grown to love him. Victor had a…

Just One Hour

Last November I volunteered to tutor a homeless child for one hour a week through a program called Schools on Wheels. `One hour a week?’ I thought. I can easily do that. At the volunteer orientation I learned all sorts of disheartening facts. There are 1.5 million homeless people in the US — 290,000 of them live in California and 14,000  live…