Last year BOSS was funded by the Alameda County Department of Probation to provide comprehensive employment services to ex-offenders re-entering the community under AB109. This project, the Partners in Reentry Employment Program (PREP), is a partnership between BOSS, The Workforce Collaborative, St. Vincent de Paul, InterCity Services, and the Probation Department. Services provided include job readiness and skill assessments, referrals to basic education and hands-on trainings, computer learning, help writing resumes, interview coaching, job listings, help with other needs (housing, health, transportation) and post-employment support.
Recently BOSS started a transitional on-the-job training component that links PREP to our Property Management component. Participants were selected to work as paid assistants to the BOSS Property Operations Manager Eric Zibbel, helping with a variety of needs on-site at BOSS facilities.
Two participants, including Tina Jeff, pictured above in the courtyard of Ursula Sherman Village, are currently helping with routine property maintenance, landscaping, cleaning, and custodial work. The transitional work program lasts three months and participants are paid $9 an hour.
“I am very impressed with how hard the participants work and I look forward to their contributions to beautifying BOSS housing and shelter sites,” says Eric.
Depending on funding availability and project success, BOSS hopes to expand this project in the future. For more information on PREP or how to provide training or job opportunities to ex-offenders who are working to turn their lives around, contact BOSS Director of Operations Dennis McCray at (510) 649-1930 x 227 or email@example.com.