Ventura nonprofit happy to find new home on the avenue with Catholic Charities

Members of the Seabees, Catherine Meek, Executive Director, Lisa Olmstead, Office Manager and Bookkeeper and Sinead Chilton, Marketing Director helped to move School on Wheels.

School on Wheels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1993 by a retired teacher, who saw firsthand how homeless children struggled to stay focused in school.

In 2008, School on Wheels was looking for an administrative office in Ventura and local developer Jim Dearkland, heard about the nonprofit and their mission to help children and offered them space in the recently purchased American Legion Building on the corner of Santa Clara and Palm.

The building is being taken over by Brooks Institute as part of its new ‘Urban Campus’ and although School on Wheels is sad to leave they are very grateful to Jim and OFI Property Management for all that they have done for them.

For the last eight years School on Wheels had been operating from his building rent free!  In that time, the organization has grown to 2,223 volunteers strong and in 2015 alone, provided one on one tutoring to 3,491 homeless students throughout Southern California.

On Friday, June 9, with the help of its many friends School on Wheels moved to its new location at 303 N Ventura Ave. which is part of the Catholic Charities suite of buildings.

“School on Wheels is very lucky to have found a new friend in Catholic Charities and we are looking forward to a closer partnership.  It’s such a great feeling when nonprofits work together. Being neighbors means we will able to provide the homeless families they serve with a ‘one stop shop’ when it comes to school supplies and tutoring services.” said Sinead Chilton, Marketing Director.

For more information about School on Wheels you can visit their website www.schoolonwheels.org or call 641 1678.

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