WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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good works "there are homeless families right here" program based in the Boston area where she served as school director, curriculum director, and classroom teacher. Schoen served for many years on the board of Horizons for Homeless Children, which established and operates three full-time preschools in Greater Boston and has a presence in 140 family homeless shelters throughout Massachusetts. Victoria Whalen, president of US4Kids, shares Schoen's passion. With a degree in social psychology, Whalen worked in the juvenile delinquent system with a law firm. "I saw what could happen when we didn't take care of issues in the beginning of a child's life," she says. The women met as kindergarten co-room parents in Weston. Through their years of raising four children each they have worked together on many civic activities, including book and toy drives and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital's 35th anniversary gala. For two years they both volunteered in the classroom with Horizons for Homeless Children. Schoen and Whalen became increasingly aware that few people recognize the large numbers of very young children and families that are homeless. "We get married and move to a beautiful town like Weston or Wellesley, and we can think homelessness is far away," Whalen notes. We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 KATSEYEPHOTO / DREAMSTIME .COM "People don't realize there are homeless families right here, people who are floating from couch 140

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