Legislative Victories!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of BOSS staff and participants, Californians for Safety and Justice, dedicated legislators, and so many other organizations and community members who are fighting for criminal justice reform, we are pleased to report that yesterday Governor … Continued

2019 CTEC Graduation

Please join BOSS, our partners, graduates, supporters, elected officials, business leaders, and other to celebrate men and women who have overcome difficult challenges and are NOW EMPLOYED! Over 90 graduates who are gainfully employed! Keynote speaker Nathan Pirtle, Top 25 … Continued

Oakland Mini Grants Available!

BOSS is partnering with Oakland Unite in making a series of mini-grants to community organizations or individuals in Oakland with ideas for great activities or projects to support their community! Applications are due Oct 21! Please download & share the … Continued

His Heart Is Always With The People On The Street

Michael Diehl, In Memoriam – Berkeley, CA \ Michael’s friends are currently organizing a Celebration of Life in his honor, we will share details when we have them. Michael Diehl was a passionate man who dedicated the majority of his … Continued

Dudek – Making A Difference in Oakland

In March 2019, employees at Dudek, the Oakland branch of a nationwide environmental consulting firm, were walking down the sidewalk on the street outside their offices when their attention was caught, yet again, by the boundless energy of a young … Continued

BOSS Community Forum on Justice Reform

On Friday September 13, BOSS and Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) hosted a special community forum to continue the conversation on criminal justice reform – building on the progress made after BOSS’s first Breaking Barriers event in 2017 and … Continued

EKC Technology/Dupont Gives Back!

The BOSS South County Homeless Project (SCHP) provides emergency shelter and support services nightly to 24 homeless individuals with mental health issues. The project receives generous support from neighbors and community members, including most recently, employees at EKC Technology/DuPont. Expains … Continued

Congratulations 2019 Rising Stars!

BERKELEY, CA – It was a beautiful late Spring evening on May 31, 2019, and the Warriors had the night off (!), so the evening was free for the community to come together at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in downtown Berkeley … Continued

Homeless Community Loses A Shining Light

A couple of weeks ago the Bay Area experienced tragedy across three cities with the shooting of three different individuals in a day by a single gunman. One of the victims, 43 year old Calvin Kelley (who was shot at … Continued

Upgrades to BOSS Hayward Shelter

BOSS opened the South County Homeless Project in 1989, providing 24 emergency shelter beds and on-site services to homeless individuals in Hayward who are experiencing mental illness. Funded by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency, SCHP provides 24/7 safe … Continued

Meekland – An Evolving Youth Community

by Edward Buchanan, LMFT, Therapist and BOSS Staff Meekland is a permanent supportive housing community in Hayward that serves a small community of transition age youth who have overcome – and are still working to overcome – hardships such as … Continued

BOSS Fair Chance Hiring Event

Employers struggle to find great employees – but there is an under-utilized source of amazing talent that BOSS is passionate about sharing: fair chance hiring. On April 18th at Cal State East Bay in Oakland, in partnership with Whole Foods, … Continued

Looking for Great Employees?

Learn about recruiting qualified, hard working, trained and carefully screened employees!    Thursday April 18    5:30-7:30 pm    California State University, East Bay Continuing Education    1000 Broadway, Suite 109    Grand Lake Conference Room Join Whole Foods, Oakland Metropolitan … Continued

Zip Code East Bay’s 2nd Annual Charity 5k Race Benefits BOSS

BOSS was recently approached by Zip Code East Bay, a local organization that was putting on their 2nd Annual Colusa Circle 5K Walk/Run. They were looking for a charity to donate the proceeds to, and selected BOSS! We are so … Continued

Local Panel on Homelessness

OAKLAND, CA – Last week representatives from Bay Area homeless organizations came together in an Oakland panel discussion organized by the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, to discuss the rapid growth of homelessness, and how communities can and should respond. From … Continued

BOSS Receives Making Democracy Work Award!

BOSS is proud to announce that the organization has been chosen to receive one of two Making Democracy Work Awards the League of Women Voters of Oakland awards each year. The other award will be presented to New Voices Are … Continued

Londell Porter, Outreach Specialist – New Life Coaching Fellow!

We are proud to announce that BOSS staff member Londell Porter has been selected as part of the Oakland Unite Life Coaching Fellows – 2019 Cohort! According to Oakland Unite and Bright Research Group who selected the 2019 Fellows, “This … Continued

Colusa Circle 5K – Proceeds to support BOSS!

On Saturday March 16th, the 2nd Annual Colusa Circle 5K will be held in the Berkeley/Kensington/El Cerrito area – a community 5K race that will donate proceeds this year to BOSS! If you’re a runner, sign up! If you hate … Continued

BOSS Visionaries Documentary Preview!

We are excited and honored to share the mini documentary about BOSS produced by the PBS series, The Visionaries! This documentary is made possible with the support of donors from our community (list video video link). It will air sometime in the … Continued

Social Justice Collective Takes Flight

Throughout its history, BOSS has focused on dual goals: providing direct services to those in need, and fighting the root causes of inequity to achieve long-term change. The BOSS Community Organizing Team (COT), created in 1994, engaged homeless and low income people … Continued