Breaking Barriers Community Forum

On Monday, September 11th the community came together to share stories and discuss barriers to success, and possible solutions to a pervasive issue: felony convictions and the collateral consequences. Participants in the discussion included Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Alameda … Continued

Oakland Pride 2017!

Oakland Pride Is HERE!! And BOSS, being a proud member of the Oakland community, is co-sponsoring and tabling at this fun, fantastic, family event – stop by the fair and say hi!! The Parade starts at 10:30, the route begins near … Continued

Cycles of Change for CTEC Participants

Summer is marked by beautiful weather, carefree days, and long bike-rides. On June 21st in Downtown Oakland, the first day of summer, 28 BOSS CTEC participants received the gift of self-sufficiency from a local nonprofit, Cycles of Change. Cycles of Change is an … Continued

CTEC Employer Partner: UPS

Since 2014 the BOSS Career Training & Employment Center (CTEC) has been working to bring job seekers and employers together for the benefit for both. Crucial to this process is the relationship between the CTEC program and local businesses. One … Continued

The McKinney-Vento Act: 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago, during the Regan Administration, a bipartisan effort from both houses of congress banded together to create sweeping legislation that encompassed many support services for individuals experiencing homelessness. What we now know as ‘The McKinney-Vento Act‘ was born out … Continued

Breaking Barriers Community Forum

This event is now FULL – Stay tuned for updates and a report following the forum! — JOIN US – Important Community Forum! For thousands of people who have felony convictions on their record, there are permanent bans and other … Continued

Job Fairs Bringing Hope, Joy, and Careers

The BOSS Career Training & Employment Center (CTEC) has a mission to help individuals find their bliss and turn a job into a life-changing career. We collaborate on resume writing, online job searching and applications, interview skills, work ready clothes, … Continued

Setting The Stage for Success

At the end of April, we had two CTEC participants complete specialized training and achieve employment in an exciting industry! For several years BOSS has supported the model of Employment First for many of the individuals we work with — … Continued

Celebrating Youth Housing in Hayward

Friday, May 19th was a beautiful day in Hayward, and a perfect day to celebrate! It was an Open House for the BOSS Meekland House for Transition Age Youth (TAY). This group of young adults includes a disproportionate number of … Continued

Meekland Open House

BOSS’ Meekland House is a Permanent Supportive Housing unit for young adults ages 18-24. The program was recently converted from transitional housing (up to 24 month stays) to permanent housing, and we want to celebrate its rebirth with a special … Continued

Solar Panel Installation at Ursula Sherman Village!

Self-sufficiency is very important at BOSS, so important that it’s part of our name, as well as an integral facet of our mission statement. In northern California one way to achieve a new level of self-sufficiency, and to give back to … Continued

Meditation Benefits at Residential Facility

On Sunday, April, 30th, The BOSS South County Homeless Project (SCHP) held a meditation sit-in! Here is why … This year BOSS has a special initiative for our residents and participants – the  MIND–BODY–SPIRIT initiative. It is aimed at feeding not just … Continued

Thank you Safeway Community Markets!

A slightly belated thank you – For many years BOSS partnered with the Andronico’s Market on Shattuck in Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” neighborhood. When we had special events, we reached out and asked them for support, and many times they were … Continued

2017 Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala

Please join BOSS for the 2017 Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala as BOSS, in partnership with Berkeley High School, Berkeley Technology Academy, and Berkeley Youth Alternatives, celebrates a group of local youth who are overcoming the odds stacked against them … Continued

Employment Center Celebrates New Careers, New Directions

The evening of Friday, February 24th saw the coming together of family, friends, coworkers, employers, case workers, and probation officers to celebrate the achievement of nearly two dozen individuals who are overcoming their past and creating a new future. This … Continued

Mother and Daughter Reunited after Nearly a Decade

When a person loses their housing, they often begin to lose other things as well. It might start out with the loss of a job or financial security, then all their photo albums and heirlooms, then things really begin to unravel. Some … Continued

Celebrating New Careers – CTEC Graduation Feb 24!

Please Join Us!! Having a living wage job is essential in our society. On February 24th, we honor men and women who have worked hard, overcome incredible challenges, and are now gainfully employed! The BOSS Career Training & Employment Center … Continued

HealingVoices Documentary Event in Oakland Focuses on Mental Health

SOLD OUT – For more information or other screening dates, visit healingvoicesmovie.com. BOSS is proud to support and announce the Bay Area screening of HEALINGVOICES at 7:00p.m., on Thursday, January 26th at The Piedmont Theatre in Oakland. This essential documentary is the … Continued

Celebrating 45 Years With Our Community!

As guests arrived they were greeted by Gwen Austin, Carlette King, and Sonja Fitz. After getting their table assignments, they walked by the Silent Auction tables — three long tables overflowing with nearly 30 auction packages to choose from and … Continued

Pizzafest 2016!

BERKELEY, CA – It was an overcast Saturday morning in North Berkeley and people were lining up on the sidewalk dreaming about gourmet pizza and local craft beer. All the Pre-sale tickets were sold out in the weeks before the … Continued