Local Kindergarteners Helping The Homeless!

Recently, a teacher from Monticello Academy school in Santa Clara donated a large quantity of much-needed toiletries last month – pajamas, towels, toothpaste/toothbrushes, socks, lotion, deodorant, and other items, along with a collection of wonderful little notes written by students to BOSS, about … Continued

Legislative Update!

Shared from Housing California: The governor signed the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 (SB 918, Wiener) into law last week, giving direction and funding to the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to set measurable goals to prevent and end youth homelessness. … Continued

Legislative UPDATES!

BOSS is watching a series of important bills that affect the individuals and families we serve. Please read through and let your elected officials know if you support them! — The Veterans and Affordable Housing Act (SB 3) will go before … Continued

Lobby Day CA – Advocating for Housing!

Sacramento, CA – On Monday March 19, 2018, BOSS staff members Gwen Austin and Sonja Fitz, along with UC Berkeley intern Kira Shea and BOSS participant (Casa Maria resident) Tenille Spruell, loaded into a van and headed for the state … Continued

Two Young People, Changing the World

This story is about two young students who are social change agents creating and inspiring others in their school and community and committed to making a difference. Frances and Xiomara, two young middle school students (starting high school this Fall) from … Continued

California Legislative Updates Spring 2017

To do our best in supporting and advocating for the most at-risk individuals in our community, BOSS tries to stay up to date on what is happening in local and statewide legislation sessions. Below are updates on three Statewide bills that … Continued

A Thank You Card from BOSS

A huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our community, whose generosity truly shines during the holiday season – because of you, the homeless, disabled, and low income families and individuals BOSS served received gifts, coats, meals, and special holiday … Continued

Cal Social Justice Intern Learns and Leads

For the last few years BOSS has partnered with the UC Berkeley Public Service Center — a Student initiated service learning organization within Cal’s curriculum to place UC Berkeley students in internships at local organizations who are trying to better … Continued

Update on California Homelessness Legislation

These are two of the bills, that directly address issues faced by individuals without stable housing, that have been authored by California State Senator Liu during the 2015-16 Legislative Session: SB 876: The Right to Rest bill (with author’s amendments) Failed in … Continued

BOSS Oakland A’s Outing!

BOSS is very grateful to be partnering with the Oakland A’s this season, including the recent donation of 150 tickets to the July 5th home game as part of their ‘Little A’s’ program – BOSS participant families and children, adult participants, staff, … Continued

SB 608 Moves Forward in the State Legislature

Thank you to State Senator Carol Liu for introducing SB 608, the Right to Rest Act, in the California legislature! A sponsoring author is what bill organizers have been pressing for, and now we can intensify public education and advocacy … Continued

Rising Stars

A ‘rising star’ is a beautiful, sometimes forgotten or invisible, point of light in the sky that rises steadily higher towards a place of greater visibility and prominence. Here on earth below the sky, most stars in the human constellation … Continued

Ken’s Story

Born in Tokyo Japan, Ken and his mother moved to California when he was a child where he grew up. He attended El Cerrito High School, where he received a baseball scholarship to Arizona State University. He was drafted by … Continued