03/05/2012 09:16 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Are Schools on Wheels an Answer to Child Homelessness?

On a past road trip, I connected with Indianapolis School on Wheels. The program provides educational help to homeless students in 10 shelters and 2 schools, along with uniforms and a backpack filled with school supplies.

This post is long overdue. I initially connected with Indianapolis School on Wheels a few years back on my first national road trip. I love the School on Wheels program and I was impressed by IndySOW's use of social media (@IndySOW on twitter). They invited me to stop by but because my schedule was already filled with hard dates I could not make it happen. Well, when planning this last year, I made certain a visit to Indianapolis School on Wheels was a sure thing.

The day I was visiting IndySOW was at Dayspring Center, an emergency shelter for homeless families. In this interview, Cheryl Herzog, development coordinator for Dayspring Center, talks about how homelessness has changed. In the past, when families became homeless, all they needed was a little support to get back on their feet. Today things are much different. Families are becoming homeless without any support system to get them out of homelessness.

I cannot stress enough how important programs like School on Wheels are to our growing population of homeless families with young children. If you are in or near Indianapolis , please support IndySOW. For other parts of the country please support your local School on Wheels. They are always in need of quality volunteers to help tutor young kids in homeless shelters. I received an email last week from School on Wheels here in Southern California and they are in desperate need of quality volunteers. For more info visit their website here.