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The Waltham Committee members were pleased to organize for Scholars at WSRC a visit to the store More than Words. Scholars have participated in continued book drives thereby supporting a local cause. The Committee members have developed strategic relationships with the store and we hope to take this further by increased collaborative programs.

More than Words is a unique store and a non-profit social enterprise that empowers youth who are either in foster care or court involved. We were met by Ananda who welcomed us and led us to Alex who was our tour guide.  Although he was a new member of the team he was confident that he would reach his goal – to get into a school and gain a degree in Nursing. With an action plan in mind he presently trains to manage the store in its retail business – which includes collecting books, sorting, cataloging, for both online and regular sales. He looked forward to managing the cafe like Dan – who as we learned aced the competition and was rewarded for his achievements. We were joined by Rickie who had met his goal and completed his GED last month. Both Rickie and Alex were open to our questions about the books that finally makes the store and its unique program to enable youth to get on track.

In addition we also met with Bobby Nasson who is the Business Development Manager and during our conversations we realized there were many areas where the Scholars could contribute that would be mutually beneficial. An example is organizing tours at WSRC during art exhibits. Some Scholars present offered to check local libraries in their towns as further resources for book donations. We thank the More than Words team for hosting our group from WSRC and hope to develop collaborative projects together.

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