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

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 a movement that is close to our hearts … 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

Home Stretch: Permanent Supportive Housing in Alameda County

Home Stretch is Alameda County’s strategy to prioritize permanent supportive housing (PSH) opportunities to homeless and disabled people with the highest needs in order to maximize the impact PSH can have in ending homelessness. Eligibility is restricted to individuals who … Continued

Oakland Youth in Summer Construction Job Workshops

On Tuesday, June 14th, a group of youth in Alameda County began a new opportunity. Through a project funded and developed by Hensel Phelps along with Redwood Resources construction awareness workshops are being provided through two consecutive 6-week series, designed for local … Continued

3rd Annual Rising Stars. New Cohort. New location. New successes! 

The evening of Thursday, June 2nd was the 3rd Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala. The last two years the event was held at the Northbrae Community Church in Berkeley, but this year the lovely folks at Hotel Shattuck Plaza … Continued

Nursing Volunteers at Drop-In Center

BOSS recently had two nurse volunteers at the Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC) in downtown Berkeley; Omar Aljundi and Sarah Dobbins. It was great to have them on site as they provided services to some of the most at-risk individuals in … Continued

Cal Fraternity Supports BOSS Children’s Learning Center

In March, BOSS was approached by a young man named Kevin Kaiwen Qi. He is a leader of the Triangle Fraternity at UC Berkeley. They were looking to hold a fundraiser for a local nonprofit and hearing about BOSS and … Continued

Community Picnic in West Oakland!

Thank you to everyone who made the recent Community Building/Stop the Violence picnic & family day in West Oakland on Memorial Day, May 30th, 2016 a huge success. Community members Chris Jackson, Henok Gidey and friends originally approached the BOSS … Continued

BOSS All-Agency Day 2016!

With programs across three cities and over 100 staff working hard at their own programs to turn lives around, it is a special day when the whole BOSS family comes together in one place. Happening just one or two times … Continued

BOSS Facility Gets Make-over

Last year, Karon Fields, CEO of Rooms for Change, a very special nonprofit that provides beautiful, inspiring room makeovers for foster kids, met BOSS Executive Director, Donald Frazier at an event. After speaking with Donald, and learning about the families … Continued

BOSS Employee Inducted into R&B Hall of Fame

Lloyd Williams works for the BOSS Career Training & Employment Center (CTEC) as the Business Developer, going out into the community and finding employers to work with the CTEC. That is not, however, his only claim to fame. Perhaps you’ve heard … Continued

CTEC Baby Shower Cake

Employment Center Celebrates New Moms with Baby Shower

Two of CTEC’s participants are moms-to-be! Having a child is a big decision. It changes your life forever. A baby shower is a community observance, a time to give advice, and diapers. A time for celebration and hope. A time … Continued

BEST ROC Open House

Open House for Outreach Programs to Help the Community

On April 7th the community came together to learn about a new BOSS program as well as a revamping of an existing program – at the Benefits & Entitlements Specialist Team (BEST) and the Reclaiming Our Communities (ROC) Open House! … Continued

Rosa Parks Provides Housing for Persons With AIDS

BOSS has a long history of providing housing and services to homeless and low income people with HIV/AIDS, including providing on-site services at housing programs operated by local developers and providing HIV/AIDS education on-site in our shelters. Most recently, BOSS … Continued