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Community Healing at the Mental Wellness Block Party: A Celebration of Empowerment and Support

Making a Positive Impact on Well-being and Mental Health

At our South County Homeless Project, BOSS recently co-hosted the Mental Wellness Day Block Party alongside Z-HOPE, a transformative event dedicated to promoting well-being, healing, and community support.

It was a day filled with music, connection, and empowerment, where attendees had the opportunity to experience the transformative power of coming together as a community.

The block party kicked off with the vibrant sounds of our talented DJ Pretty Handsome, setting the tone for the day's celebrations. The music filled the air, uplifting spirits and bringing people together through shared rhythms. It created an atmosphere of positivity, encouraging everyone to let go of their worries and immerse themselves in the healing energy of the event.

The Mental Wellness Day Block Party was more than just an event. It was a celebration of community healing and support. It provided a platform for individuals to connect, share their stories, and find solace in knowing they are not alone in their struggles. People felt like they could take a break, unwind, and sip on soothing herbal teas, conversing with others. It fostered connections and created a sense of serenity, allowing individuals to recharge and rejuvenate their spirits.

The Power of Community Healing

During the block party, we demonstrated the power of collective healing and the importance of building a supportive community by creating an environment of empathy, understanding, and solidarity. This would not have been possible without the support of the city of Hayward, the South County Homeless Project, our community partners, and, of course, Dr. Kaire Poole and the Z-HOPE Foundation.

Dr. Kaire Poole

BOSS wants to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends on the passing of Dr. Kaire Poole. Dr. Poole connected with BOSS earlier this year to start building and creating events to support the population BOSS serves.

Dr. Poole and her sorority sisters planned a housewarming for BOSS' Meekland Supportive Housing participants transitioning into their new homes in February 2023.

She contacted us again in March to partner for this Mental Wellness Block Party with one-on-one counseling sessions, massages, direct services, a tea garden, and so much more. Dr. Poole was so excited about this event that she loaded her car with gift bags and information to share with the community. She felt a sense of urgency to reach out and let people know that it was okay to ask for help and provide services for people who otherwise wouldn't seek it out for themselves.

If you'd like to support the family, including a two year old daughter, please consider donating to their GoFundMe.

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Our work is centered around creating a sense of ownership, safety, and belonging, essential to uplift individuals. At BOSS, we stand fearlessly unapologetic, passionate, and dedicated to giving voice to individuals until change happens. We invite our donors and community to continue supporting our mental wellness, empowerment, and social justice efforts.

Please help us spread the word about our mission and our work. By joining us, you contribute to a community that is resilient, supportive work centered, and committed to the well-being of all its members.

Thank you for your continued support and belief in the work we do!


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