My name is Nino, I grew up very poor in a small province in the Philippines and came to America 15 yrs. ago. I was raised by my grandparents while my mother had to do various of odd jobs around town. I was so poor that the only toy I remember having was an old bicycle tire that I roll with a stick. But life was fun, playing in the rain all day and having mud all over your pants was well worth the spanking that I got when I arrived in the house ; )
Me and my awesome siblings.
My Mother and my daughter.
I cherished living a life filled with love and valuing the simpliest things. I lived a simple yet meaningful life. As I see and lived through the poverty and suffering throughout my life, I knew that I wanted to be part of a solution to homelessness. I myself was forced to live inside my vehicle due to poor decisions that I have made. The experience of being homeless myself is what made me determined to help make an impact to others, no matter how small it may be.