Setting The Stage for Success

At the end of April, we had two CTEC participants complete specialized training and achieve employment in an exciting industry! For several years BOSS has supported the model of Employment First for many of the individuals we work with — … Continued

Celebrating Youth Housing in Hayward

Friday, May 19th was a beautiful day in Hayward, and a perfect day to celebrate! It was an Open House for the BOSS Meekland House for Transition Age Youth (TAY). This group of young adults includes a disproportionate number 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

Solar Panel Installation at Ursula Sherman Village!

Self-sufficiency is very important at BOSS, so important that it’s part of our name, as well as an integral facet of our mission statement. In northern California one way to achieve a new level of self-sufficiency, and to give back to … Continued

Meditation Benefits at Residential Facility

On Sunday, April, 30th, The BOSS South County Homeless Project (SCHP) held a meditation sit-in! Here is why … This year BOSS has a special initiative for our residents and participants – the  MIND–BODY–SPIRIT initiative. It is aimed at feeding not just … Continued

California Legislative Updates Spring 2017

To do our best in supporting and advocating for the most at-risk individuals in our community, BOSS tries to stay up to date on what is happening in local and statewide legislation sessions. Below are updates on three Statewide bills that … Continued

Thank you Safeway Community Markets!

A slightly belated thank you – For many years BOSS partnered with the Andronico’s Market on Shattuck in Berkeley’s “Gourmet Ghetto” neighborhood. When we had special events, we reached out and asked them for support, and many times they were … Continued

Employment Center Celebrates New Careers, New Directions

The evening of Friday, February 24th saw the coming together of family, friends, coworkers, employers, case workers, and probation officers to celebrate the achievement of nearly two dozen individuals who are overcoming their past and creating a new future. This … Continued

Mother and Daughter Reunited after Nearly a Decade

When a person loses their housing, they often begin to lose other things as well. It might start out with the loss of a job or financial security, then all their photo albums and heirlooms, then things really begin to unravel. Some … Continued

HealingVoices Documentary Event in Oakland Focuses on Mental Health

SOLD OUT – For more information or other screening dates, visit BOSS is proud to support and announce the Bay Area screening of HEALINGVOICES at 7:00p.m., on Thursday, January 26th at The Piedmont Theatre in Oakland. This essential documentary is the … Continued

A Thank You Card from BOSS

A huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our community, whose generosity truly shines during the holiday season – because of you, the homeless, disabled, and low income families and individuals BOSS served received gifts, coats, meals, and special holiday … Continued

Coping With The Holidays Is Hard For Some Of Us: Reach Out For Support

Photo via Pixabay by Smarko The holidays can be a stressful time for anyone, but for homeless or disabled individuals, they can be especially difficult. It’s important to remember that you are not alone, and that if you are feeling … 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

Celebrating 45 Years With Our Community!

As guests arrived they were greeted by Gwen Austin, Carlette King, and Sonja Fitz. After getting their table assignments, they walked by the Silent Auction tables — three long tables overflowing with nearly 30 auction packages to choose from and … 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

Pizzafest 2016!

BERKELEY, CA – It was an overcast Saturday morning in North Berkeley and people were lining up on the sidewalk dreaming about gourmet pizza and local craft beer. All the Pre-sale tickets were sold out in the weeks before the … Continued

BOSS Gets Out The Vote!

Throughout BOSS’s history, we have been committed to encouraging and supporting people to share their stories and make their views known – especially on matters related to homelessness and poverty, and at election time. This year is no different. With … 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