Thank you for joining us at the MASC Open House!

L-R: Sonja Fitz, Donald Frazier, and Senior Aide to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates Sbeydeh Viveros
L-R: Sonja Fitz, Donald Frazier, and Senior Aide to Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates Sbeydeh Viveros

Thank you to everyone who attended the November 21st Open House at BOSS’s Multi-Agency Service Center (MASC). Visitors from the City of Berkeley as well as local students, donors, and business people stopped by to experience the recent ‘beautification’ of this critical downtown Berkeley resource for homeless people, and were impressed with the transformation.

The transformation was made possible by students from UC Berkeley (Berkeley Project Day), MASC staff, and numerous local businesses who contributed to help us enhance the environment at the MASC – Berkeley Outlet, Games of Berkeley, Whole Foods, Moe’s Books, and others. Open House guests were given tours of the space by MASC Program Manager Robert Barrer, Executive Director Donald Frazier, and Development Director Sonja Fitz. Other staff were on hand to answer questions, including Director of Programs & Services Aimee Armata, and former BOSS staff stopped by to say hello including miriam berg (former BOSS CFO, now retired) and Delfina Geiken (now at the City of Berkeley), and James Stillwell (former BOSS participant, recently retired from a long career at the City of San Francisco).

The MASC is a beacon of refuge for persistently homeless community members in Berkeley, serving up to 100 individuals every day and providing basic needs, food, laundry, showers and storage to shelter and housing access, case management and mental health care. It is essential for the recovery and wellness of the community that the MASC environment conveys safety, dignity, respect and hope at the center of social, therapeutic and personal change.

To volunteer at the MASC’s new Wellness Wednesdays (we are always looking for volunteers to lead health and wellness-related activities!), contact Robert Barrer at (510) 649-1930 x 230 or rbarrer@self-sufficiency.org.