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Fairmont Navigation Center Tiny Homes Village

Fairmont Navigation Center Tiny Homes Village

BOSS will be managing and operating a new housing program (Fairmont Navigation Center – Tiny Homes Village, San Leandro, CA) beginning July 2021.   The Fairmont Navigation Center Tiny Homes Village, (all NEW tiny homes) will provide low-barrier interim housing, supportive services, housing navigation, and connection to social and medical services.                                             BOSS needs your help. We are asking for the support of the community to assist in purchasing...

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Four Emergency Rental Assistance Programs for Both Tenants and Landlords Impacted by COVID-19

Four Emergency Rental Assistance Programs for Both Tenants and Landlords Impacted by COVID-19

For participants who are behind in their rent due to COVID 19 income loss/reduction, there are 4 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs getting underway simultaneously that you should be aware of. They are designed to provide relief to both tenants and landlords impacted by COVID 19.  For tenants/landlords who live in the City of Oakland: www.KeepOaklandHoused.org For tenants/landlords who live in the City of Fremont: www.Fremont.gov/keepfremonthoused For tenants/landlords who live elsewhere in...

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Distance Learning While Homeless

Distance Learning While Homeless

At about 10 am on a recent Wednesday, Jon-Mychal, the Teacher in the BOSS Children’s Learning Center (CLC), set up a table outside in the courtyard at Ursula Sherman Village (USV). USV is BOSS’s emergency shelter program in West Berkeley for families and individuals who are looking for permanent housing – the CLC helps the kids who live there with academic and developmental needs. For over 20 years, the CLC has operated behind the shelter in a trailer donated by the Alameda County Office of...

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Clean Streets and Second Chances

Clean Streets and Second Chances

The Clean City Community Restoration Team is a transitional work opportunity in the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC). Team members are building new lives for themselves, while helping keep Oakland clean! With funding from Alameda County Probation, CTEC provides education, training, and employment services to formerly incarcerated individuals. One core service offered by CTEC is paid transitional work that provides immediate income and work experience – this supports the...

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Love From The Community Made Warm Holidays

Love From The Community Made Warm Holidays

Thanks to generous BOSS supporters and community members, BOSS was able to provide gifts, warm coats, food, and other resources for families and individuals in need across Alameda County. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, BOSS was contacted by individuals and community groups who dropped off goods, toys, wrapped and unwrapped gifts, new and gently used coats, shoes/sneakers, clothing and more. Starting in early October, I didn't know what to expect with the annual BOSS holiday giving drive,...

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Daeshawn Thomas – Carving a New Path

Daeshawn Thomas – Carving a New Path

Daeshawn has experienced more challenges at age 21 than many of us have experienced in two or three times as many years – yet he is determined to overcome them and chart a new path. Daeshawn is one of the beneficiaries of the Returning Citizens Stimulus (RCS)* program being overseen nationally by the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO). BOSS is partnering with CEO to distribute Returning Citizen Stimulus funds locally and provide support to recipients. "There were opportunities here....

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Meet Antwain Ramsey – CTEC’s 2020 Valedictorian

Meet Antwain Ramsey – CTEC’s 2020 Valedictorian

Antwain Ramsey recalled the phone call he received from his sister just minutes after meeting his probation officer. Having just been released “with no direction,” she told him if he wanted a bed to go to the Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) and talk to Ron. At that time, he didn’t realize he would be part of, and help build, a supportive community at Hope Reentry Campus, let alone become BOSS’ 2020 valedictorian at the annual CTEC Graduation. "Walking into BOSS that day was the...

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CTEC – Going Strong and Growing

CTEC – Going Strong and Growing

Last month, the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) had an unusually high number of individuals enroll in the program. Typically, CTEC enrolls between 18-25 individuals per month – last month, they enrolled 28 individuals. Not only that, they measured great short and long-term follow up results: 11 job placements, 11 thirty-day job retentions, 4 ninety-day retentions, and 1 six-month retention. “We don’t give up, and we don’t let them give up”. According to Ronald Broach, BOSS...

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2020 CTEC Graduation

2020 CTEC Graduation

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA – On Friday, October 23, 2020, the community gathered virtually to celebrate reentry participants in the BOSS CareerTraining and Employment Center (CTEC) who have done the hard work of building new skills and finding living wage work – no easy challenge in the pandemic economy. Our Master of Ceremonies John Jones III, Community & Political Engagement Director of Just Cities, welcomed everyone, and thanked our donors and sponsors including Dan Scarola, ACLU of Northern...

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Step Up Housing —  An Innovative Modular Development in Berkeley for the Formerly Unsheltered

Step Up Housing — An Innovative Modular Development in Berkeley for the Formerly Unsheltered

After unanimous consent from the Berkeley Zoning Adjustment Board approving the BOSS Step Up Housing project in July, BOSS is now seeking approval from the City of Berkeley to use Measure P funds to make the new affordable supportive housing a reality. The project at 1367 University Avenue in Berkeley is an innovative modular development that will provide safe, beautiful, service-rich housing for 39 unsheltered neighbors. The project, which will be built using prefab modules, has widespread...

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CTEC Graduation 2020 – Oct 23

CTEC Graduation 2020 – Oct 23

Join us in celebrating our 2020 CTEC graduating class!Fri, Oct 23, 6pm Virtual Celebration *RSVP to Sonja Fitz for link*COVID 19 and its effects on the economy have made it harder than ever for justice involved individuals -- disproportionately black and brown community members -- to find work and maintain a living wage. CTEC has remained open throughout the pandemic, providing virtual and in person support to help people build skills & find jobs. It is time to CELEBRATE their...

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Angela Jeter – Social Justice Collective Fellow

Angela Jeter – Social Justice Collective Fellow

Angela arrived in the East Bay in January, after being released from jail in Nevada. She was referred to the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) by her Probation officer, and began participating in CTEC groups and classes. When the pandemic hit, CTEC temporarily closed its doors and went virtual. Angela continued to participate throughout, attending online classes Monday through Friday. Today, while CTEC is open for limited walk-in traffic, it still provides a full menu of online...

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Following Their Dreams: BOSS Entrepreneurship Program

Following Their Dreams: BOSS Entrepreneurship Program

In the best of times, finding gainful employment is challenging for individuals with criminal histories or justice system involvement who are often automatically screened out of job opportunities. In the COVID 19 era, this challenge is harder than ever, with multiple businesses closed down or reducing their hours and services. However, with support from some generous community partners, a group of BOSS participants have entered a competition to overcome this challenge by creating their own...

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SJC Fellowship Graduation!

SJC Fellowship Graduation!

Graduation is an unforgettable, incredibly special moment in someone’s journey, marking the completion of hard work and commitment to learning. For the 2nd BOSS Social Justice Collective (SJC) Fellowship cohort, graduation marked the close of a chapter of learning and growth, and the opening of new doors – to becoming empowered activists, storytellers, and leaders. On Friday June 12th in the late afternoon, about fifty people – SJC Fellowship graduates, faculty and staff from partnering...

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Space for Community

Space for Community

Hayward, CA - When we enter a space that provides services, it matters what greets us: the welcoming feel, décor, visuals that represent us, a pot of coffee, a computer or a printer we can use, and most importantly, someone to say hello and ask how we’re doing. At Pacheco Court, staff have been working on improvements to the community room – and the services being offered there – to create a more welcoming and helpful space. An Oakland native, Lisa Soriano has worked for BOSS for 1 ½ years,...

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2020 Rising Stars Gala Cancelled

2020 Rising Stars Gala Cancelled

This year BOSS made the painful but essential decision to cancel our annual Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala planned for June 6th, since we could not safely gather—as we have for the past six years—to honor young people who are fighting hard to succeed in school, care for themselves and their families, and to overcome homelessness, poverty, mental illness, substance abuse, justice system involvement, and other challenges. The in-person event is cancelled, but our commitment to the well-being...

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Pathway 2 Promise

Pathway 2 Promise

by Ronald Broach, Manager of Reentry Services On April 13 & 14, 2020 non-profit agencies BOSS, All of Us or None, and La Familia in a collaborative effort, combined forces on the frontline at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA on the frontline, meeting and greeting folks who had just been released, many of whom were released early due to the global pandemic surrounding COVID-19. Those who made the 200-foot trek down the ramp on their Pathway 2 Promise, were welcomed with virtual handshakes,...

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BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) goes VIRTUAL

BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) goes VIRTUAL

WEEK OF APRIL 13, 2020 – This week, the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) is taking its services virtual, to comply with the shelter-in-place order and protect the health and safety of both participants and staff while continuing to help those in need seek and find work at this difficult time, and beyond. Both new and existing participants are welcome to participate! CTEC was created in 2014 partnership with Alameda County Probation to help citizens returning from incarceration...

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BOSS Responds to COVID 19-Related Release of Jail Inmates

BOSS Responds to COVID 19-Related Release of Jail Inmates

BOSS Executive Director Donald Frazier received a call over the weekend about the release of hundreds of individuals from Santa Rita Jail, and asked if BOSS could be there to offer resources. Mr. Frazier dispatched BOSS Reentry staff to Santa Rita Jail to welcome an initial group of people being released, 25 individuals on Monday April 13th. We received another call today that 40 more individuals will be released shortly. BOSS is working alongside other service providers to meet this urgent...

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Th, Apr 2 — The State of Reentry Virtual Town Hall

Th, Apr 2 — The State of Reentry Virtual Town Hall

Th, Apr 2 — State of Reentry Virtual TownhallUpdate: You can watch the event online here.   Things are rapidly changing every day and BOSS is part of a network coordinated by Californians for Safety and Justice that is closely monitoring how our leaders are responding to the impact that COVID-19 is having on justice-involved and impacted Californians, and what the needs are for organizations that provide vital services and programs to our communities. Please join us Thursday, April 2nd at...

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