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Nobody Don't Love Nobody: Lessons on Love from the School With No Name

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Stacey Bess spent eleven years teaching children at the School With No Name, a classroom in a community homeless shelter. The book is a compilation of stories that take a look into the lives of under priveleged children. They are stories of love and anger, of fear warmed by triumph, of loss tinged with hope. They are stories you will never forget.
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Gold Leaf Pr
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Sep 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Some quick insights from the book:

1- At Christmas, there is always a toy drive for the homeless/needy. The calls goes out for new, unwrapped toys. I've always wondered why they were so picky: isn't used better than nothing? The book explains that second hand toys are another way for homeless kids to feel like second class citizens. Also, don't give barbie outfits to a kid who may not have the barbie.

2- Most parents want their children to have a better life than they had. Not everyone starts at t
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! This book just tore at my heartstrings. i knew it would have an impact, simply because I'm a teacher, but it went beyond that for me.

I think, sometimes, that we get so protective of ourselves and our family because we focus on the bad in the world, or even the bad in people. We want to shelter our kids so bad that we forget to teach them what everybody needs --love. We for get that we need to love everyone --pure, unconditional, straightforward, love.

I know for me that i have a lot of stere
Linda Toone
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was powerful to me, as a teacher of children living in poverty. It's a true story of love and acceptance and resilience. Stacey Bess taught in a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City in the 80's, and this is her touching story, beautifully told. It's since been made into a Hallmark Movie, "Beyond the Blackboard", which is also great and can be bought at Hallmark Stores.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a total sucker for author book signings and when I ran into Stacey Bess at Costco a month or so after we had watched the Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie "Beyond the Blackboard" I simply had to buy the book. Then I proceeded to walk out and leave the book at the check stand. In the time it took me to get to the car and realize I had left the book behind, it had disappeared and I had to return to the author and get another autographed copy. But I was still reading the book on Lewis and Clark and ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"I know that these stories take people out of their comfort zone.." This line from the closing of the book, summed it up for me. This book was very well done and interesting, but also very sad and disturbing. I love her accepting and loving nature and example.

I volunteered at the School With No Name my first year of college, 1990-1991, about an hour a week. I wish I remembered Stacey Bess and my experience there better, but I do remember being impressed with her and her story - pregnant and marr
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kiara by: My Dad
This was a really fantastic book. Reading about Stacey's experience teaching homeless kids totally made me want to be better at serving others and becoming more Christ-like, even though it's not a religious book at all. Darwin & I read it together, and it's a great book for anyone who works in teaching, social work, etc. But I really think it's a great read for anyone. The whole book is touching and I definitely recommend it!
Kendylus Roboticus
Dec 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
It's a true story about how one woman changed a school for homeless children in SLC, Utah. It's a testament that book size doesn't matter; it's the material within. Inspiring and angering this book is sure to motivate you to be proactive in your community.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this book and then take pages 221-226 into your life and heart
Courtney Jones
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the experiences of a teacher who is working a school established in a homeless shelter. There is a heavier focus on homeless children than on teaching, but it is a very eye opening novel.
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished reading this several days ago and am still consumed by Bess' stories.
Bess has a great talent, skill and compassion (like a sense of humor) to work with the families and children in such a difficult situations.
I understand that a growing percentage of homeless families are the "working poor."
There are also those whose lifestyle and choices land them on the streets. But, to me, it is not just a question of not making the right choice, it is also a question of how their brain works in
Angelica Molina
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms.Bess a loving teacher who made a difference on the school with no name her stories made me have the rare opportunity to see life through the young eyes of a child living in a family homeless shelter.
"I have taught math, reading, and self-worth. Though the lives of these children I have learned the difference one person can make and what happens when nobody steps up to make a difference."(page 180) Ms. Bess is the kind of person that inspires me to study and me a difference on the world. i wan
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This was a FABULOUS book about a woman who teaches school to homeless children in downtown Salt Lake City. Reading this book is an eye-opening experience and helps you realize how important it is to reach out in LOVE to EVERYONE! You never know how what you say or do could help someone and make a difference in their life. Stacey Bess emphasizes that most people who are homeless had to grow up to fast and no one took the time to tell them they were great and could accomplish there dreams. Without ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-story
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Karen & Gerard
Stacy Bess, a teacher who taught homeless children at a family shelter, a school with no name, shares about her experience and her love for the students. Not only did she teach them, but they taught her as well about love and what it is like being homeless. This book gives insight into the effects homelessness has on children and challenges the reader to get involved and take action to show love to others and make the world a better place. Stacey Bess was put in a unique teaching situation and r ...more
Sarah Sheffield
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book. OH man....this book is killer. It is by far one of the best books I've ever read. This book definitely changed my perspective on many things. It changed my perspective on life, on people, and on love. There were many times I found myself crying while reading it. (which I rarely do.....) There were so many hidden messages, so many stories that were close to home. (considering it takes place not even 30 minutes away from my house.) It was good for me to read this book because it made me ...more
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is the story of Stacey Bess, a young mother and recent graduate from college with a major in elementary education. Her first teaching job is in a Salt Lake City homeless shelter, teaching around 30 kids, ranging from k-6th grade.

When I first began reading this memoir, I thought it would be a nice change of pace and that the author, Stacey Bess, had some interesting stories to tell me. But, as I continued reading and then began to process the information she provided, I found myself thinkin
April Suter
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The author does an excellent job describing how children deal and cope with poverty, homelessness, abuse, substance dependency and mental illness. As a teacher for a homeless shelter she experienced many trials to help students learn in this temporary atmosphere.

This reminded of me of my experiences teaching at an at-risk program in Davenport, how exhausting and rewarding it is to teach students who are living in a world completely different than your own. How sad it was to have a student just g
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I had no intention of starting this one right now, but I needed a book to read at the dentist office and just grabbed this one off the top of the pile. I couldn't put it down. I remember when the School With No Name was in the news back when I was about 11 or 12 and I was intrigued by it. A school for the homeless? But why? Wouldn't they just leave before anything got accomplished?

This was such an eye opening book that serves as a reminder that the people getting hurt the most by homelessness ar
Shirley Freeman
I loved this. My daughter gave me the book after she heard the author speak. The book is a series of anecdotes from the years that Stacey Bess taught in the public school, called School With No Name, associated with a homeless shelter in Utah. The stories are well told and very moving but also very realistic. The damage done to kids by adults with addictions, bad luck and poor choices is heart-breaking. But the difference that a caring adult can make in the lives of damaged children is inspiring ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in a long time. I was full of questions before I read the book, and while I found some answers, I also found some more questions. :) Questions like: What is our responsibility in regards to the poor among us (on an everyday sort of basis and generally)? How do we best help those caught in the cycle of poverty? How do people really change? What leads to that change? I loved this book because while it didn't necessarily give me all the an ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wow, for a first book from someone who didn't study writing or literature or anything (although I guess teachers or sort of renaissance people), this book was fabulous. The writing was natural, and the perspective was priceless. I see that she's trying to support the cause, but I also fear that I have nothing to give. People like Stacey Bess can help so much more. Maybe some day I will step out of my comfort zone, and despite my poor skills, I can do some volunteering with reading and such. In o ...more
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers
Shelves: educational
I really enjoyed this book although it got a bit redundant towards the end. I did feel a bit like I was re-living my life through her words, but it tells the story adequately. It was not as emotionally impactful for was Blind Side, but still brought me back to places I never want to be again.

"If you wanted to be loved in life, all you had to do was come here and give a little bit, and you would be smothered in it. If you wanted to change the world, here was a world that certainly needed
Ash 6th
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was REALLY good, we all should be SO grateful for what we have. This book helps you realize that people in the world aren't as lucky as us. So many people are homeless, it breaks my heart when I see people on the street at night with no home. I loved this book. ! :P We take school for granted we beg our parents not to make us go, but yet some people don't get to go to school. Some days I just want school to be over, I feel SO bad for people that don't get to go to school. This book can ...more
Jen Nielsen
Nov 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-group
I was moved by Stacey Bess and her experiences. The realities of homelessness - especially as it relates to children - are never an easy read, but I would recommend this book to anyone. I was grateful for the glimpse into some hard lives and how she was able to make a difference in her way. Stacey Bess encourages everyone to make a difference through volunteering and even offers suggestions at the end of her book. I don't recommend this book because of the great writing, but because of the conte ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm just sad that I didn't read this sooner. I don't know why I kept putting it off. Absolutely incredible. If I wanted to teach before, I want to teach 10x more now. Stacey's stories will also leave you with an intense desire to find a way to serve. She helps you to comprehend that every human being is ACTUALLY a human being with a personality and the desires that we have. You think you know that before but her stories will help you to walk in someone else's shoes and understand that just a lit ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a beautiful story about a teacher is Salt Lake City who changes the lives of her students. The difference between this story and most is that it is a school with no name and the children are all homeless. They only attend for 3 months before they have to move on. She has the dubious task of helping students become empowered, and teaching them to love and respect. Of course she learns a ton about herself as well. This is the type of book that makes you remember why you wanted to teach, an ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this would be an ongoing story. It's more of a compilation of short stories and experiences. Reading of what Stacey did was very inspiring. She's a Christlike person. She learned to put labels and first impressions behind her and to love the person for who they were. It was sad learning of how some families really live and cope, but at the same time very important to read because it's eye opening of how I can be more aware of others and how to help.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a hard read, but a necessary one. It is too easy to dehumanize the homeless, to ignore the real problems they are faced with and dismiss them all as drunkards that just need to get a job. These are the stories of a number of homeless children and their families, and reading them should make you realize how little it takes to make a truly positive difference in the lives of these kids. What are we waiting for? Let's go make a difference. Today.
Sep 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
An eye-opening, yet hopeful book, full of love about the homeless children in Salt Lake City. They will be making a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about this in the spring, and since Stacey is the daughter of one of my favorite neighbors, it is especially incredible to read. People can really make a difference and there is so much that love can do. Kelly would love this one, but everyone should read it.
Jan 08, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people with a heart who aren't too good to be inspired
Shelves: memoir-read
Written by a new teacher in SLC, Utah whose first teaching job was at a homeless shelter. She shares the inspirational and sometimes devastating stories of the families and children at "The School with no Name." It is easy to see how they influenced her life in the process. Stacy Bess later went on to do a lot of work with homeless children education on a national level. Not bad for a first year teacher. :-)
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