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

A New Home, and a New Start

Marvin McKinnely developed many relationships while serving his nearly five-decade sentence in Deuel Vocational Institution, which is located in Tracy, California. While in custody, Mr. McKinnely developed close bonds with several of the inmates and from these relationships, there were … Continued

New Report on Advancing Criminal Justice Reform

For the past two years, Californians for Safety and Justice, a statewide criminal justice reform organization, brought together experts in the fields of criminal justice, social justice, and community economic development to conduct research on the experiences of people with … Continued

2018 CTEC Graduation – The Best Graduation Yet!

October 26, 2018, Oakland, CA – On a warm Friday evening at the First Unitarian Church in downtown Oakland, parents, children, and other family members gathered to celebrate loved ones who were graduating from a very special program, entering the … Continued

BOSS, EBALDC and EBHO address Resident Leadership Council

On Wednesday, September 26th members of the Resident Leadership Council for East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) gathered at Jack London Gateway Senior Housing to learn about the root causes of the housing crisis and how to be part of the … Continued

Lockers Available for Homeless Individuals

With funding from the City of Berkeley, 58 lockers are available for homeless individuals at BOSS’s Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC) program at 1931 Center Street in downtown Berkeley. Lockers are available on a first come-first served basis. To sign up, … Continued

On the ballot – Housing!

Below are housing-related ballot issues that are relevant to BOSS’s work of helping people overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives. However you choose to vote on these and other ballot initiatives, please make your voice heard and exercise your hard-won right … Continued

Financial Literacy Volunteers at CTEC

The BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) provides education, training, and comprehensive employment assistance to individuals looking for work but face high barriers like former incarceration, criminal justice involvement, homelessness, or disabilities. CTEC has many wonderful community partners who provide … Continued

Legislative Update!

Shared from Housing California: The governor signed the Homeless Youth Act of 2018 (SB 918, Wiener) into law last week, giving direction and funding to the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council to set measurable goals to prevent and end youth homelessness. … Continued

THANK YOU to our rally partners and new voters!

  On Tuesday September 25th, BOSS and dozens of community partners held a special Get Out The Vote Rally in front of Oakland City Hall from 11 am-2 pm, in an effort to register people to vote, provide voter rights … Continued