by Ronald Broach, BOSS Shelter Network Director
Nichole Kennedy, aged 59 (unrelated to John F. or Jackie), and her loyal
companion Ace, has been an active participant in the Coordinated Entry
system since 2017. Nichole took a significant step towards securing permanent
housing by joining the Wood Street Community Cabins on May 10, 2023.
What truly stands out is the determination displayed by individuals like Nichole, who have faced formidable challenges. They demonstrate an admirable capacity for positive transformation as long as they are open to guidance and are connected with systems that suit them, much like a meticulously tailored suit or flawlessly fitted gown.
This is particularly evident in Nichole's engagement with the Community Circles and the weekly, Thinking for Change and Merging Two Worlds, in addition to the resource fairs.
The Smile that Lit Up a Metropolis
On September 28, 2023, in the company of her daughter, Princess, as well as BOSS Housing navigator Jennifer Mallot, and BOSS’ Director of Shelter Networks, Ronald Broach, Nichole finalized her lease, acquired the keys to her new apartment, and radiated a smile capable of illuminating a bustling metropolis. Throughout her journey, there were numerous remarkable individuals, but none shine as brilliantly as Nichole herself – a true heroine.
The next day, BOSS staff had the privilege of reuniting with Nichole to assist her in acquiring essential home furnishings. As they engaged in relaxed conversation, Nichole shared a touching moment, saying, "Ron, this morning my daughter called me and told me that she slept soundly for the first time in four years, knowing that I wouldn't have to spend another night (homeless)."
Even though Nichole has found a stable home, the effects of homelessness linger long after housing is secured. The traumas endured during and prior to homelessness persist and can resurface. This is why BOSS’ Navigation Teams employ a
hands-on, intimate approach throughout the entire transition and beyond.
When we inquired about what she's most grateful for, Nichole responded, "God, BOSS, and the City of Oakland for paving the way to permanent housing."
The Lasting Impact: Supporting Nichole Beyond Housing
Nichole's journey is a vivid reminder of the extraordinary determination individuals like her exhibit when guided and supported by a caring community. Her radiant smile upon receiving the keys to her new apartment symbolizes the hope that BOSS strives to bring into the lives of countless others facing homelessness.
As we celebrate Nichole's success, we are reminded that the journey doesn't end with housing. The scars of homelessness linger, underscoring the importance of our continued work. BOSS is dedicated to providing hands-on support through every step of the transition and beyond.
You make this possible! Your contributions, whether in-kind donations or monetary assistance, are pivotal in helping us pave the way to permanent housing for more individuals like Nichole.
Visit our donations page today to learn how you can support BOSS and empower individuals on their path to a brighter, more secure future.
In the spirit of generosity, we're thrilled to be a part of Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to making a difference in our community.
Our mission is to empower homeless, impoverished, and disabled individuals to attain both health and self-sufficiency, and Giving Tuesday provides the perfect opportunity for you to join us in this meaningful journey.
Your support can help us continue to be more innovative in developing exciting solutions to homelessness and together, we can create positive change that reverberates throughout our community.
Let's stand together on Giving Tuesday to make a real impact. Your support, whether through a donation or volunteering, plays a pivotal role in shaping a brighter future for all. Thank you for being a part of our mission!