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 (http://www.visionaries.org), a documentary series that hand-picks extraordinary non-profits around the world that create unique and effective changes … Continued

Help A Local Mom – Vehicle or Donations Needed!

With her permission, BOSS is sharing the following story from a mom living temporarily at BOSS’s Ursula Sherman Village program in West Berkeley. She needs help from the community! She has a special needs son for whom she had a … 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 makers and a number of local residents and grassroots organizations … 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 and retention. Many of our participants are formerly incarcerated, homeless … 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 victims, 43 year old Calvin Kelley (who was shot at … Continued

UC Students Assemble & Donate Care Packages to the Homeless

Earlier this year BOSS was approached by a volunteer from UC Berkeley, Maria Milekhina, about a service project to help homeless people that was being organized by residents of UC Berkeley Residence Halls Unit 3. The students planned to have … Continued

Upgrades to BOSS Hayward Shelter

BOSS opened the South County Homeless Project in 1989, providing 24 emergency shelter beds and on-site services to homeless individuals in Hayward who are experiencing mental illness. Funded by Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services Agency, SCHP provides 24/7 safe … Continued

Meekland – An Evolving Youth Community

by Edward Buchanan, LMFT, Therapist and BOSS Staff Meekland is a permanent supportive housing community in Hayward that serves a small community of transition age youth who have overcome – and are still working to overcome – hardships such as … Continued

Easter Dinner at Rosa Parks

Every year BOSS tries to provide special holiday events to the families and individuals in BOSS programs who are working to turn their lives around – a delicious meal, fun and games, decorations, and the company of others. These activities … Continued

BOSS Participant Shines at Women’s Reentry Conference

OAKLAND, CA – Justice Now recently held its First Annual Women’s Reentry Conference at St. Columba Catholic Church in Oakland on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The event was orchestrated by the Executive Director, Cheauvon Brown, who says the conference was a four … Continued

Zip Code East Bay’s 2nd Annual Charity 5k Race Benefits BOSS

BOSS was recently approached by Zip Code East Bay, a local organization that was putting on their 2nd Annual Colusa Circle 5K Walk/Run. They were looking for a charity to donate the proceeds to, and selected BOSS! We are so … Continued

Local Panel on Homelessness

OAKLAND, CA – Last week representatives from Bay Area homeless organizations came together in an Oakland panel discussion organized by the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, to discuss the rapid growth of homelessness, and how communities can and should respond. From … Continued

BOSS Receives Making Democracy Work Award!

BOSS is proud to announce that the organization has been chosen to receive one of two Making Democracy Work Awards the League of Women Voters of Oakland awards each year. The other award will be presented to New Voices Are … Continued

Londell Porter, Outreach Specialist – New Life Coaching Fellow!

We are proud to announce that BOSS staff member Londell Porter has been selected as part of the Oakland Unite Life Coaching Fellows – 2019 Cohort! According to Oakland Unite and Bright Research Group who selected the 2019 Fellows, “This … Continued

CTEC at the State Capitol

Sacramento, CA – Staff from the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) joined Executive Director, Donald Frazier and Director of Reentry Strategic Partnerships Timothy Smith at a civic engagement event at the State Capitol in Sacramento. CTEC staff included Ronald Broach, Charlette … Continued

BOSS Visionaries Documentary Preview!

We are excited and honored to share the mini documentary about BOSS produced by the PBS series, The Visionaries! This documentary is made possible with the support of donors from our community (list video video link). It will air sometime in the … Continued

Social Justice Collective Takes Flight

Throughout its history, BOSS has focused on dual goals: providing direct services to those in need, and fighting the root causes of inequity to achieve long-term change. The BOSS Community Organizing Team (COT), created in 1994, engaged homeless and low income people … Continued

A Different Ending to Rough Beginnings

Daniel Luckadue is originally from Richmond, and has lived all over the Bay Area. He attended El Cerrito High School, but did not graduate. He was recently released from jail, and came to BOSS determined to change his life, and … Continued

Holiday Gratitude!

From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough, everyone who made special efforts to collect and donate gifts, food, warm blankets, clothing, and needed supplies to all the men, women and children in BOSS this past holiday … Continued

Local Kindergarteners Helping The Homeless!

Recently, a teacher from Monticello Academy school in Santa Clara donated a large quantity of much-needed toiletries last month – pajamas, towels, toothpaste/toothbrushes, socks, lotion, deodorant, and other items, along with a collection of wonderful little notes written by students to BOSS, about … Continued