Breaking Barriers Community Forum

On Monday, September 11th the community came together to share stories and discuss barriers to success, and possible solutions to a pervasive issue: felony convictions and the collateral consequences. Participants in the discussion included Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, Alameda … Continued

Two Young People, Changing the World

This story is about two young students who are social change agents creating and inspiring others in their school and community and committed to making a difference. Frances and Xiomara, two young middle school students (starting high school this Fall) from … Continued

Cycles of Change for CTEC Participants

Summer is marked by beautiful weather, carefree days, and long bike-rides. On June 21st in Downtown Oakland, the first day of summer, 28 BOSS CTEC participants received the gift of self-sufficiency from a local nonprofit, Cycles of Change. Cycles of Change is an … Continued

CTEC Employer Partner: UPS

Since 2014 the BOSS Career Training & Employment Center (CTEC) has been working to bring job seekers and employers together for the benefit for both. Crucial to this process is the relationship between the CTEC program and local businesses. One … Continued

The McKinney-Vento Act: 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago, during the Regan Administration, a bipartisan effort from both houses of congress banded together to create sweeping legislation that encompassed many support services for individuals experiencing homelessness. What we now know as ‘The McKinney-Vento Act‘ was born out … Continued

BOSS Staff = Community Heroes!

It goes without saying that BOSS has some amazing, inspirational, deeply compassionate people working here. They do whatever they can for the people we serve – they are totally committed to helping those in need and to social justice. Go … Continued

CTEC Pop Up Events!

Earlier this month, the crew of BOSS’s Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) held its first pop-up assistance event at Eastmont Mall in Oakland, providing information and assistance to individuals looking for employment. Established in 2014, CTEC is funded by … Continued

Job Fairs Bringing Hope, Joy, and Careers

The BOSS Career Training & Employment Center (CTEC) has a mission to help individuals find their bliss and turn a job into a life-changing career. We collaborate on resume writing, online job searching and applications, interview skills, work ready clothes, … Continued

Rising Stars Class of 2017!

Photos by Jon-Mychal Cox On the evening of Friday, June 9th in Berkeley the warm, golden glow of community pride and multi-colored balloons beckoned people into Hotel Shattuck Plaza to gather, recognize, and celebrate local youth who are the embodiment of … Continued

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 healingvoicesmovie.com. 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