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

A Different Ending to Rough Beginnings

Daniel Luckadue is originally from Richmond, and has lived all over the Bay Area. He attended El Cerrito High School, but did not graduate. He was recently released from jail, and came to BOSS determined to change his life, and … Continued

Holiday Gratitude!

From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough, everyone who made special efforts to collect and donate gifts, food, warm blankets, clothing, and needed supplies to all the men, women and children in BOSS this past holiday … Continued

New Report on Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

For the past two years, Californians for Safety and Justice, a statewide criminal justice reform organization, brought together experts in the fields of criminal justice, social justice, and community economic development to conduct research on the experiences of people with … Continued

2018 CTEC Graduation – The Best Graduation Yet!

October 26, 2018, Oakland, CA – On a warm Friday evening at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Oakland, parents, children, and other family members gathered to celebrate loved ones who were graduating from a very special program, entering the … Continued

BOSS, EBALDC and EBHO address Resident Leadership Council

On Wednesday, September 26th members of the Resident Leadership Council for East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) gathered at Jack London Gateway Senior Housing to learn about the root causes of the housing crisis and how to be part of the … Continued

Lockers Available for Homeless Individuals

With funding from the City of Berkeley, 58 lockers are available for homeless individuals at BOSS’s Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC) program at 1931 Center Street in downtown Berkeley. Lockers are available on a first come-first served basis. To sign up, … Continued

Financial Literacy Volunteers at CTEC

The BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) provides education, training, and comprehensive employment assistance to individuals looking for work but face high barriers like former incarceration, criminal justice involvement, homelessness, or disabilities. CTEC has many wonderful community partners who provide … Continued