Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Bob the Builder Award: Tim and Nancy Nicolai

Tim and Nancy own a 26 room motel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They bought the motel for their retirement, imagining leisurely times. A few months after they took over ownership, a mother and her daughter showed up with no money and no where to stay.

"I had empty rooms" Tim said.

Four years later, after the couple converted FOUR of their 26 rooms into "family friendly setups" with hot plates and cribs, over 100 homeless people have lived rent free with the Nicolais. Some have stayed a few weeks. Some more than a year.

They have morning coffee with Tim, and they looked through the want ads together. Through community connections, they have helped several get jobs. :)