BOSS: More Self-Sufficient Through Solar Power!

This last spring BOSS, in collaboration with the Mayor of Berkeley, GRID Alternatives, Rising Sun Energy Center, and the BOSS CTEC Program installed solar panels on our flagship facility, Ursula Sherman Village. And what a difference! This is a new and … Continued

Homelessness & Hunger: Awareness and Thanksgiving

It is getting cold out there. The leaves are turning and falling. There is talk of rain and people are pulling out their coats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves. For many of us our minds automatically turn to Thanksgiving and we … Continued

Big Wins!! California Legislative Updates

On October 14th, California Governor, Jerry Brown, Signed into Law a whole host of Housing Bills aimed at making housing more affordable, and getting more of our most at-risk neighbors housed. One such bill was AB 74, the Housing for a … Continued

GoFundMe Campaign for BOSS Documentary on PBS!

BOSS has received the exciting opportunity to have a documentary created about our 46 years of work fighting poverty, mass homelessness, mass incarceration and community violence, as part of the PBS documentary series, The Visionaries. The project has been greenlighted … Continued

CTEC Graduation: New Directions & New Lives!

On Friday, October 27th the community gathered to recognize and celebrate the achievement of over 50 individuals who acquired life-changing careers! The evening felt more like late summer than mid-autumn, and the excitement and support in the air lent additional joy to … Continued

In The Wake Of Disaster, Some Places To Turn

We want to take a moment to express sympathy and solidarity with the people impacted by what is being called the Wine Country Wildfires of 2017. Helping those in housing, economic, and emotional crisis is what BOSS has done for 46 years. … Continued

New California Laws Aimed to Safeguard Youth and Elderly

On October 11th, 2017 California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a whole host of legislative bills that rewrite how some of our criminal justice processes function. These newly minted laws aim to protect youths from life-long stigma, safeguard their … Continued

California Legislation That Will Help Formerly Incarcerated

The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. To that end, BOSS tries to stay up-to-date on legislation that relates to our … Continued

Housing Package Passes California Legislature!

During the final week of the current California legislative session, lawmakers from both sides of the isle came together and approved over a dozen laws that will positively impact affordable housing in California! Here is a run-down of many of … Continued

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