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 justice reform, we are pleased to report that yesterday Governor … 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! Applications are due Oct 21! Please download & share the … 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 was a passionate man who dedicated the majority of his … 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 caught, yet again, by the boundless energy of a young … 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 made after BOSS’s first Breaking Barriers event in 2017 and … 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 Justice, and Roots Community Health Center. Over $400,000 in Mini-Grant … 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 community members, including most recently, employees at EKC Technology/DuPont. Expains … 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 your support of the Breaking Barriers 2.0 Community Forum as … 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 we offer is a long-term career planning program called Career … 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 in-depth discussion on the importance of advocating for the elimination of barriers faced … 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 (http://www.visionaries.org), a documentary series that hand-picks extraordinary non-profits around the world that create unique and effective changes … 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