James Wogan has been nominated as a Hometown Hero, sponsored by the Bay Area News Media Group. Wogan is director of Project Hope, that assists foster and homeless students and their families that attend school in the Mt Diablo Unified School District. “This is a great honor, but it’s truly a team effort,” Wogan said
According to the San Jose Mercury News,
Wogan’s outreach within district served a record 540 homeless students this year, including those who are “doubled up” living with family or friends, in shelters, motels, cars or tents, he said.
These families come from all walks of life, from towns and cities such as Clayton, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill and Concord. “I think there are more than we know about,” he said. “There is some stigma with the term ‘homeless.’
“I’m grateful to the staff with Mt. Diablo School Linked Services who work tirelessly to support vulnerable students,” said Wogan. “I appreciate our teachers, our amazing teachers, and all of the district staff and community partners are dedicated to seeing all children feel well, and do well in school.”
Wogan added: “The “heroes” in my book are the children who face incredible struggles yet get up every day and come to school to learn.”
You can donate to Project Hope c/o Mt. Diablo HOPE