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 wisdom, and love into a volunteer-led outreach effort, the Hillel Streetwork Project. Volunteers talked with people on the streets, directing them to safe respite and referring them to health care or housing.
It was, and still is, a labor of love.
Today, that small street outreach project has grown into award-winning comprehensive, evidenced-based Alameda County-wide initiatives that fight poverty at 20 programs in Berkeley, Oakland, and Hayward. BOSS now employees over 150 full-time staff, interns and trainees, dozens of public-private partnerships, and a track record of developing meaningful and impactful services housing navigation, mental health case management, education, employment, and violence intervention services, and shelters, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs that has improved the lives of thousands of Alameda County residents. BOSS is at the cutting edge of innovation to help solve the most pressing issues of our time – homelessness, poverty, and mass incarceration.
45 years of unwavering dedication and commitment to this work is something to commemorate – Please join us on Saturday October 29th for a very special celebration in the spirit of Marti Gras!
Dinner with Creole Specialties
Live Zydeco music by Grammy-nominated Andre Thierry
Vocalist Rhonda Benin
Oakland Youth Chorus
Silent Auction – Bid NOW at www.biddingforgood.com/boss
Mistress of Ceremonies: Emily Turner, KPIX5
Keynote speaker: Alex Briscoe, Tipping Point Community
Legacy Awards to:
– Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
– San Francisco Foundation
– Lateefah Simon, Akonadi Foundation
With HUGE THANKS to our sponsors and contributors, which include:
Available NOW up until the event: Online AUCTION!
SILENT AUCTION available online NOW! What can you bid on? All kinds of great things like Tickets to SFMoma, Coffee with a Local Mayor, Luxury Hotel Packages, Wine & Spirit Packages, and Family Fun Packages! There is something for everyone!! All items will be available for final bids at Gala!
Note: When you purchase your tickets below, if you get an error message in the Shipping line, ignore it and click on ‘Continue to Payment’ anyway!
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY! $125 per ticket, or $200 for two!!
Now Available! Nonprofit Price Ticket at $75, and Lower-Income Individual Ticket at $45!!
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