Breaking Barriers Community Forum

Save The Date! For thousands of people who have felony convictions on their record, there are permanent bans and other consequences that prevent them from attaining or keeping housing, employment, education, family reunification and more. These are men and women … 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

BOSS Gets Out The Vote!

Throughout BOSS’s history, we have been committed to encouraging and supporting people to share their stories and make their views known – especially on matters related to homelessness and poverty, and at election time. This year is no different. With … Continued

The BEST of BOSS at Oakland Pride

Top image courtesy of www.rawpixel.com OAKLAND, CA – LGBT Pride, Pride events, and Pride Parades all over the world symbolize a social movement of inclusion and dignity as well as the fight for equality and the end of discrimination. This is … Continued

3rd Annual Pizzafest!

Third Annual Pizzafest! If you are unfamiliar with this fantastic event, it is put on by The Companion Group. They invite groups (professional and private) to participate in pizza-making competitions and the ticket price includes all-you-can-eat samples! Last year saw … Continued

CTEC Graduation September 23rd

Join us as we celebrate and recognize men and women in our community who are overcoming serious challenges to achieve jobs, educations, housing, and brighter futures!! We are so proud of all the individuals in CTEC, their hard work and … Continued

Alameda County Places $580M Housing Initiative on November Ballot

Alameda County is struggling with homelessness, gentrification, and community displacement. It is estimated that the county has a shortfall of 60,000 affordable housing units for local residents and this is impacting all levels of county systems and residents. Alameda County, … Continued