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

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