Casa Maria Social Hour

Creating healthy bonds with peers

Casa Maria is BOSS’s interim emergency housing program in downtown Oakland that serves homeless individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and Transition Age Youth. An important part of cultivating lasting health and wellness for Casa residents is the development of social ties and healthy routines, which will enhance stability and housing retention.

The staff at Casa Maria, in consultation with residents, have instituted special activities that support these goals. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, Casa Maria turns the TV off and offers residents games, music, and conversation.

“We call this our Social Hour!” says Program Manager DeShannon Williamson.

On Mondays at noon, Casa residents enjoy ‘Movie Mondays’. During that time, residents watch a movie and eat popcorn together.

BOSS Director of Programs & Services Aimee Armata is seeking a volunteer or community participant who will run these activities consistently, Monday through Friday.

Everyone at Casa has really enjoyed seeing the smiles of residents, and their efforts to build on these opportunities to form tighter relationships throughout the building.

To volunteer in this program, contact Aimee at (510) 899-4206 or