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

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