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

Pizzafest 2016!

BERKELEY, CA – It was an overcast Saturday morning in North Berkeley and people were lining up on the sidewalk dreaming about gourmet pizza and local craft beer. All the Pre-sale tickets were sold out in the weeks before the … Continued

BOSS Gets Out The Vote!

Throughout BOSS’s history, we have been committed to encouraging and supporting people to share their stories and make their views known – especially on matters related to homelessness and poverty, and at election time. This year is no different. With … Continued

Show Up and Show Out – Employment Opportunities Change Lives

What both men remember, vividly in fact, about their first meeting was that Bruce Jones was skeptical. Fresh off a two-year stint in prison, he’d only enrolled in the Employment and Education Program at the BOSS Career Training and Employment … Continued

A Man, His Dog, and Tough Choices

This is Grinder OG: a two-year old blue- nose mastiff with the profile of an Egyptian pharaoh, piercing green eyes, and a coat as fine and gray as gunpowder. His taut, wiry frame is maybe a Scooby snack shy of … Continued

BOSS CTEC Graduation – September 23, 2016!

Friday September 23, 2016, Oakland, CA – With a late summer heat wave blanketing the East Bay, the feelings at Oakland City Hall a week ago last Friday were equally warm – with love, camaraderie, pride, and high hopes filling … Continued

The BEST of BOSS at Oakland Pride

LGBT Pride, Pride events, and Pride Parades all over the world symbolize a social movement of inclusion and dignity as well as the fight for equality and the end of discrimination. This is a movement that is close to our hearts … Continued

BOSS Intern Makes Friends and Strides Toward Ending Homelessness

Shonté Johnson is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley who is majoring in Social Welfare with a minor in Public Policy. She serves on the Executive Board of the National Society of Leadership and Success as part … Continued

Alameda County Places $580M Housing Initiative on November Ballot

Alameda County is struggling with homelessness, gentrification, and community displacement. It is estimated that the county has a shortfall of 60,000 affordable housing units for local residents and this is impacting all levels of county systems and residents. Alameda County, … Continued

Home Stretch: Permanent Supportive Housing in Alameda County

Home Stretch is Alameda County’s strategy to prioritize permanent supportive housing (PSH) opportunities to homeless and disabled people with the highest needs in order to maximize the impact PSH can have in ending homelessness. Eligibility is restricted to individuals who … Continued

Oakland Youth in Summer Construction Job Workshops

On Tuesday, June 14th, a group of youth in Alameda County began a new opportunity. Through a project funded and developed by Hensel Phelps along with Redwood Resources construction awareness workshops are being provided through two consecutive 6-week series, designed for local … Continued

Shop for a Cause at Macy’s, Support BOSS Rising Stars!

This August 26-28, purchase a discount shopping pass for Macy’s annual Shop for a Cause to support BOSS! Shop at any Macy’s store using the pass and receive up to 25% off all regular, sale, and clearance merchandise! Plus you … Continued

Cal Social Justice Intern Learns and Leads

For the last few years BOSS has partnered with the UC Berkeley Public Service Center — a Student initiated service learning organization within Cal’s curriculum to place UC Berkeley students in internships at local organizations who are trying to better … Continued