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

BOSS Celebrates 45 Years!

Forty Five years ago a group of volunteers from Berkeley’s Jewish community came together to respond to the growing number of mentally ill homeless on the streets, following the closing of state mental hospitals. They pooled their resources, energy, empathic … Continued

Show Up and Show Out – Employment Opportunities Change Lives

What both men remember, vividly in fact, about their first meeting was that Bruce Jones was skeptical. Fresh off a two-year stint in prison, he’d only enrolled in the Employment and Education Program at the BOSS Career Training and Employment … Continued

BOSS CTEC Graduation – September 23, 2016!

Friday September 23, 2016, Oakland, CA – With a late summer heat wave blanketing the East Bay, the feelings at Oakland City Hall a week ago last Friday were equally warm – with love, camaraderie, pride, and high hopes filling … Continued

BOSS Intern Makes Friends and Strides Toward Ending Homelessness

Shonté Johnson is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley who is majoring in Social Welfare with a minor in Public Policy. She serves on the Executive Board of the National Society of Leadership and Success as part … Continued

Sponsor BOSS to Celebrate 45 Years

Sponsorships Event sponsors help change lives! Make a difference in the community while also helping your company or group with promotional benefits!! View the 45th Anniversary Sponsorship Form to see the specific benefits available at each level. Mail a check to … Continued

Shop for a Cause at Macy’s, Support BOSS Rising Stars!

This August 26-28, purchase a discount shopping pass for Macy’s annual Shop for a Cause to support BOSS! Shop at any Macy’s store using the pass and receive up to 25% off all regular, sale, and clearance merchandise! Plus you … Continued

Catch a Rising Star 2016

Photo credit: Jon-Mychal Cox You needn’t be a cynic to know that times are tough, both in the East Bay and across the nation. And you needn’t be a starry-eyed optimist to believe that our communities are poised for a … Continued

A Tribute to Some Very Special Youth

Award winning journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Jeeter has created a beautiful tribute to the young people being honored at BOSS’s 3rd Annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala on Thursday June 2nd – CLICK HERE for the beautiful … Continued

BOSS staff pens op-ed on Dogtown Redemption documentary

BOSS Director of Business Enterprise Tes Ikharo is deeply immersed in the work of researching, planning, and creating a business enterprise for BOSS that will both create living wage jobs for low income workers, and raise revenue for BOSS programs. … Continued

California Lobby Day: Housing Policies You Should Know About!

On Tuesday April 12th, advocates and activists from across the state went to Sacramento for the annual Housing California-sponsored Lobby Day. Participants met with policy makers and their staff representatives to share concerns and ideas on housing, and hear about … Continued

Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving Volunteers!

Every year BOSS tries to provide special holidays to the homeless families and individuals who are living temporarily in BOSS shelter and housing programs and working to turn their lives around – a delicious meal, fun activities, decorations, and the … Continued

BOSS Awarded by County for Workforce Development

At its regular meeting on Tuesday September 29th 2015, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors formally recognized the workforce development efforts of BOSS as part of their “Let’s Work Campaign” – specifically, working with people to remove barriers to employment … Continued

We Have Moved!

BOSS has just consolidated its administrative offices and several programs into new space in downtown Berkeley! Please change your records for the following programs – ALL are now located at 1918 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704 (phone numbers and emails … Continued

BOSS 3rd Annual Day at the Races

Thank you to everyone who came out for our 3rd Annual Day at the Races! Some of us won bets, some of us lost – but we all had a great time, eating and being merry with gorgeous views and … Continued

McKinley House Open House

Thursday August 27, 2015. The grand unveiling of BOSS’s McKinley Family Transitional House, which was recently awarded a $10,000 makeover of new furniture and appliances from IKEA, was held on Thursday! In February of this year, after being submitted for … Continued

Real Challenges, Real Successes

BOSS’s Casa Maria House provides interim emergency housing for severely disabled individuals as well as Transition Age Youth (age 18-24), in partnership with Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency (BHCS). Located in downtown Oakland, Casa Maria provides case management … Continued