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Nick Insaf and Nicole Wood: A Journey of Transformation and Hope

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

Two individuals, Nick Insaf and Nicole Wood, are leaving BOSS' South County Homeless Project (SCHP) in Hayward, CA, as they embark on a new chapter in their lives!

SCHP, BOSS emergency shelter in Hayward, has provided shelter, support, and opportunities for individuals experiencing homelessness. With its therapeutic garden, comprehensive services, and a nurturing community, SCHP has helped Nick and Nicole on their path to stability and independence:

Nick Insaf: A Journey Towards Stability

When asked about Nick’s goals once he moves, he shares, "My goal is just to get settled down...maybe get a part-time job, and if not hopefully get to stability."

Receiving the keys to his new home was a euphoric moment for him. As he describes, "I felt really good. I didn’t think I was going to feel like that, but it was a feeling out of this world."

Although Nick acknowledges that he will miss the people at SCHP, he expresses excitement for the future. He adds, "I feel excited, but I’ll still kind of miss it because of the people around here… It’ll take some getting used to."

Nicole Wood: Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Growth

Reflecting on her time at the shelter, Nicole shares, "I experienced ups and downs, but I

just took it for the positives and just stayed motivated and looked at the bigger picture." Through her journey, Nicole has learned valuable life lessons, including the power of forgiveness and manifestation.

When asked about her goals once she moves, she expresses, "My first goal is to just get settled in and not rush into anything. My second goal is that I want to go back to work part-time. But the mandatory thing is that I have to be able to bring my dog to work!"

The keys to her new home were a surprise, but they symbolized a significant milestone. Nicole remarks, "I was a little shocked, but it felt good. I felt like I finally accomplished something."

When asked about how she feels about transitioning to her new home, she says, "This time it’s much more humbling. This time it’s all me... I actually had to hustle for this, I actually had to sit down for this and be one with myself. I actually had to wait for this."

As they leave the shelter behind, both Nick and Nicole embark on a new chapter, ready to face challenges and embrace opportunities. Their journey serves as an inspiration, demonstrating that with perseverance, support, and a belief in oneself, it is possible to overcome adversity and create a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.

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