5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala

Please join BOSS for our 5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala! ==== These Youth Are Our Future ~ Join Us To Celebrate Their Progress and Resilience! The BOSS 5th Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala will once again honor … Continued

THANK YOU – Oakland Get Out And VOTE Rally!

Oakland, CA – On Monday May 21 2018 in Frank H. Ogawa Plaza outside Oakland City Hall, BOSS, Californians for Safety and Justice, and nearly a dozen local organizations serving low income communities and people of color came together to … Continued

BOSS In The Community!

BOSS staff are active participants in local, regional and state forums that are seeking solutions to homelessness, poverty, and reentry challenges. Some of our recent or upcoming participation includes: Homelessness Solutions Summit 2018 The next 10 years in Alameda County, job growth is expected … Continued

Help Share BOSS’s Story on PBS!

Thank you Devin Ratoosh! Local Marvin Gardens realtor and BOSS supporter Devin Ratoosh recently campaigned for votes for a 30 Under 30 Award from the National Realtor Association while collecting $1 per vote to donate to the BOSS Visionaries documentary film project. His campaign … Continued

Weekly Auction: This week, Rachel Dunn CHOCOLATES!

The BOSS Board of Directors is having a weekly auction of one special item up for bid each week – all funds raised will benefit the BOSS Visionaries documentary film project, to help share BOSS’s work fighting mass homelessness, mass incarceration, … Continued

BOSS Kitchen of Champions Graduate!

Darnell Oliver is a 57 year old who had been sleeping in his car on the streets of Oakland, his home community, since 2016. In 2017 when he was staying in the winter shelter at St. Vincent de Paul, he … Continued

Volunteer Gardening Day!

Hayward, CA – Despite a one week postponement due to rain, a group of high energy, hard working, good spirited volunteers from the co-ed service fraternity at Cal State East Bay, Alpha Phi Omega – Omicron Zeta Chapter, came out … Continued

MLK Breakfast January 15, 2018

Thank you to everyone who attended the latest Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast in Berkeley this past MLK Day! This inspiring annual event, co-sponsored by BOSS and other local community partners is held at Hs Lordships at the Berkeley Marina … Continued

Employed For The Holidays – Perseverance Pay Off!

“I’ve always been intimidated by computers of any kind,” says BOSS former IPS participant Arthur Brooks. “I just couldn’t understand how to use them, but this time, I really wanted to work for the holidays, so I decided to give … Continued

Movie Screening: Beyond The Wall, Former Inmates Returning Home

Please join us for a very special movie screening of the new documentary focused on the challenges of former inmates returning to their home communities, Beyond The Wall:         Tuesday, November 7th, 4:00 pm       Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak … Continued

CTEC Graduation – Jobs, Dignity, and New Lives!

An Inspirational Graduating Class! Please join BOSS for the Graduation Celebration of participants in BOSS’s Career Training and Employment Center: Friday October 27th from 6-8 pm at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. The men and women to be celebrated … Continued

California Legislation That Will Help Formerly Incarcerated

The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. To that end, BOSS tries to stay up-to-date on legislation that relates to our … Continued

BOSS Staff = Community Heroes!

It goes without saying that BOSS has some amazing, inspirational, deeply compassionate people working here. They do whatever they can for the people we serve – they are totally committed to helping those in need and to social justice. Go … Continued

CTEC Pop Up Events!

Earlier this month, the crew of BOSS’s Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) held its first pop-up assistance event at Eastmont Mall in Oakland, providing information and assistance to individuals looking for employment. Established in 2014, CTEC is funded by … Continued

A Very Special Art Show, Sale & Auction! EXTENDED!!

Celebrate Local Artists + Support BOSS! Please join BOSS for a special benefit Art Show, Sale & Silent Auction, showcasing works of art from local artists, and people in BOSS programs! The proceeds of all art sold will be split … Continued

Rising Stars Class of 2017!

Photos by Jon-Mychal Cox On the evening of Friday, June 9th in Berkeley the warm, golden glow of community pride and multi-colored balloons beckoned people into Hotel Shattuck Plaza to gather, recognize, and celebrate local youth who are the embodiment of … Continued

Haircuts With Heart at BOSS!

Being homeless comes with a slew of challenges – some obvious (finding housing, income, access to health care), and some less obvious, like having someplace to safely store medications if you’re not in a shelter to obtaining the required materials … Continued

Day at the Races March 25 – Rising Stars Fundraiser!

Please join BOSS for our 4th Day at the Races at beautiful Golden Gate Fields on Saturday March 25th! The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm – come for any portion or all of it. Feel free to … Continued

BOSS E.D. Reports on White House Meeting on Criminal Justice Reform

As the Executive Director of an organization on the front lines developing solutions to mass incarceration, mass homelessness and community violence, I work daily to serve the needs of Americans affected by these crises—out of which an estimated 70 million … Continued

BOSS launches monthly job fairs at CTEC!

OAKLAND, CA – At the Career Training & Employment Center (CTEC), BOSS staff work with individuals who are striving to overcome barriers to employment, so they can work to support themselves and their families, and give back to the community. … Continued