CTEC Graduate Profile Series – Part II: Julius Butler

For the second segment of the CTEC Graduate Profile Series, we feature Julius Butler who graduated from CTEC in 2018. Julius used the help of BOSS not only to find … Continued

Community Service Project by Hayward Shelter Residents

Every month for the last few months, residents and staff at South County Homeless Project (SHCP) take part in a special service project day. The project was the idea of … Continued

CTEC Graduation 2019

October 25, 2019, Oakland, CA – The First Unitarian Church in downtown Oakland hosted graduates, guests, family members, BOSS staff, La Familia staff, elected officials, stakeholders and many more to … Continued

Thank You Berkeley Project Volunteers!

On Saturday October 26th, about 30 students from UC Berkeley came to BOSS’s Ursula Sherman Village program as part of an annual community service initiative called The Berkeley Project. The … Continued

CTEC Graduate Profile Series – Part I: April Owens

With the 9th CTEC Graduation approaching this Friday, October 25th, 2019, BOSS would like to celebrate graduates of the past who have transitioned their lives through the help of BOSS’s … Continued


Legislative Victories!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of BOSS staff and participants, Californians for Safety and Justice, dedicated legislators, and so many other organizations and community members who are fighting for criminal … Continued


2019 CTEC Graduation

Please join BOSS, our partners, graduates, supporters, elected officials, business leaders, and other to celebrate men and women who have overcome difficult challenges and are NOW EMPLOYED! Over 90 graduates … Continued

Oakland Mini Grants Available!

BOSS is partnering with Oakland Unite in making a series of mini-grants to community organizations or individuals in Oakland with ideas for great activities or projects to support their community! … Continued

His Heart Is Always With The People On The Street

Michael Diehl, In Memoriam – Berkeley, CA \ Michael’s friends are currently organizing a Celebration of Life in his honor, we will share details when we have them. Michael Diehl … Continued

Dudek – Making A Difference in Oakland

In March 2019, employees at Dudek, the Oakland branch of a nationwide environmental consulting firm, were walking down the sidewalk on the street outside their offices when their attention was … Continued

BOSS Community Forum on Justice Reform

On Friday September 13, BOSS and Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) hosted a special community forum to continue the conversation on criminal justice reform – building on the progress … Continued

Community Healing Mini Grants Available!

BOSS is proud to announce the first Community Healing Mini-Grants funding opportunity, in partnership with Oakland Unite, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Urban Peace Movement, Communities United for Restorative Youth … Continued

EKC Technology/Dupont Gives Back!

The BOSS South County Homeless Project (SCHP) provides emergency shelter and support services nightly to 24 homeless individuals with mental health issues. The project receives generous support from neighbors and … Continued

Breaking Barriers 2.0 – September 13

A note from BOSS Executive Director Donald Frazier to everyone who attended, supported, and participated in the recent Breaking Barriers 2.0 event: “A note of heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for … Continued

Career Pathways

The BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) assists system-impacted people with job placement and retention. Many of our participants are formerly incarcerated, homeless and/or low-income. One of the services … Continued


On July 15th, the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) hosted the national campaign #TimeDone and state advocacy group California for Safety and Justice (CSJ) during CTEC’s weekly scheduled social justice initiative workshop. #TimeDone provided an … Continued

BOSS: Ending Poverty

BOSS’S EVOLVING VISION & 48-YEAR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE On June 21st 2019, BOSS was featured in the 23rd season of The Visionaries (https://www.visionaries.org), a documentary series that hand-picks extraordinary … Continued

First Safe Oakland Summit June 8th

Please join BOSS this Saturday June 8, 2019 at Oakland’s first Safe Oakland Summit at the Oakland Marriott City Center 1001 Broadway, Oakland! (9am-4pm) Register here: www.safeoakland.eventbrite.com In collaboration with law … Continued

Career Pathways at CTEC

Pictured above: Art and Beverly from Merritt College talking with CTEC particpants about cyber-security certification progrm The BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) assists system-impacted people with job placement … 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 … Continued