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Community Service Project by Hayward Shelter Residents

Community Service Project by Hayward Shelter Residents

Every month for the last few months, residents and staff at South County Homeless Project (SHCP) take part in a special service project day. The project was the idea of residents, who wanted to do something productive and helpful, seeing so many people in need in the community. SCHP is BOSS’s emergency shelter in Hayward that serves homeless men and women with disabilities. This month, about six participants took part, putting together bagged lunches to distribute to others in need in the...

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CTEC Graduation 2019

CTEC Graduation 2019

October 25, 2019, Oakland, CA – The First Unitarian Church in downtown Oakland hosted graduates, guests, family members, BOSS staff, La Familia staff, elected officials, stakeholders and many more to celebrate loved ones who were graduating from the BOSS Career Training & Employment Center. Special guests included, LaNiece Jones, Executive Director of the Peralta Colleges Foundation, Makedah Shartukar and Sue Sam from Good Eggs (BOSS employer partner), Marlo Da Motivator, Nathan Pirtle,...

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Thank You Berkeley Project Volunteers!

Thank You Berkeley Project Volunteers!

On Saturday October 26th, about 30 students from UC Berkeley came to BOSS’s Ursula Sherman Village program as part of an annual community service initiative called The Berkeley Project. The Berkeley Project has partnered with BOSS several times in past years – from facility maintenance to gardening to cleaning. Students are always incredibly hard working and good natured, and get a ton of work done. Their efforts this year helped BOSS’s West Berkeley shelter and housing program that...

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CTEC Graduate Profile Series – Part I: April Owens

CTEC Graduate Profile Series – Part I: April Owens

With the 9th CTEC Graduation approaching this Friday, October 25th, 2019, BOSS would like to celebrate graduates of the past who have transitioned their lives through the help of BOSS’s Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) Program. Three individuals, April Owens, Julius Butler, and John Walker have shown what it means to be a CTEC graduate and the amazing potential that our new graduates will have. Their stories are amazing.  In this first article of a three-part series, we feature...

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Legislative Victories!

Legislative Victories!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of BOSS staff and participants, Californians for Safety and Justice, dedicated legislators, and so many other organizations and community members who are fighting for criminal justice reform, we are pleased to report that yesterday Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1076 and AB 1331 into law, granting automatic records relief to people who have served their time and completed all required programs and laying the groundwork for improved criminal justice record...

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2019 CTEC Graduation

2019 CTEC Graduation

Please join BOSS, our partners, graduates, supporters, elected officials, business leaders, and other to celebrate men and women who have overcome difficult challenges and are NOW EMPLOYED! Over 90 graduates who are gainfully employed!Keynote speaker Nathan Pirtle, Top 25 Forbes-ranked entrepreneur, marketing expert, activist and philanthropistSpecial guest speaker Marlo da Motivator, trainer, coach, and returning citizenOakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and other performancesSpecial Invited...

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Oakland Mini Grants Available!

BOSS is partnering with Oakland Unite in making a series of mini-grants to community organizations or individuals in Oakland with ideas for great activities or projects to support their community! Applications are due Oct 21! Please download & share the flyer below, or share the link: https://bit.ly/OakMiniGrant2019 https://bit.ly/OakMiniGrant2019

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His Heart Is Always With The People On The Street

His Heart Is Always With The People On The Street

Michael Diehl, In Memoriam - Berkeley, CA \ Michael's friends are currently organizing a Celebration of Life in his honor, we will share details when we have them. Michael Diehl was a passionate man who dedicated the majority of his adult life to helping others, even when his journey had been detoured (with or without housing). Did you know that Michael attended seminary school?  He didn't speak lightly of it, but only to people he began to have a connection with - though his life journey...

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Dudek – Making A Difference in Oakland

In March 2019, employees at Dudek, the Oakland branch of a nationwide environmental consulting firm, were walking down the sidewalk on the street outside their offices when their attention was caught, yet again, by the boundless energy of a young man who was speaking with people outside his office, which was right next door to theirs. On a daily basis, they had seen him talking one-on-one or to a small crowd, shaking hands, patting people on the back – or on the phone in animated...

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BOSS Community Forum on Justice Reform

On Friday September 13, BOSS and Californians for Safety and Justice (CSJ) hosted a special community forum to continue the conversation on criminal justice reform – building on the progress made after BOSS’s first Breaking Barriers event in 2017 and the subsequent release of the CSJ white paper, Repairing The Road to Redemption. Held at Greenlining Institute in downtown Oakland, the event brought together professionals in the criminal justice system, elected official representatives,...

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Community Healing Mini Grants Available!

BOSS is proud to announce the first Community Healing Mini-Grants funding opportunity, in partnership with Oakland Unite, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Urban Peace Movement, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, and Roots Community Health Center. Over $400,000 in Mini-Grant funding from the City of Oakland will be issued through Oakland Unite's Community Healing partner agencies. Mini-Grants of up to $15,000 for small non-profit organizations and up to $5,000 for...

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EKC Technology/Dupont Gives Back!

The BOSS South County Homeless Project (SCHP) provides emergency shelter and support services nightly to 24 homeless individuals with mental health issues. The project receives generous support from neighbors and community members, including most recently, employees at EKC Technology/DuPont. Expains Emi Brown, Program Specialist/Office Manager, "Our history with the A Street location is that we used to donate food items from company events. This year we decided to do something to support the A...

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Breaking Barriers 2.0 – September 13

A note from BOSS Executive Director Donald Frazier to everyone who attended, supported, and participated in the recent Breaking Barriers 2.0 event: "A note of heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for your support of the Breaking Barriers 2.0 Community Forum as we continue to, in the words of Californians for Safety and Justice, develop strategies to stop the cycle of crime, reduce reliance on incarceration, and build healthy communities. You are an important part of the fabric of our...

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Career Pathways

The BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) assists system-impacted people with job placement and retention. Many of our participants are formerly incarcerated, homeless and/or low-income. One of the services we offer is a long-term career planning program called Career Pathways. Career Pathways assists participants who are interested in solidifying a job skill that will ensure them to a lifelong career. CTEC partners with the Peralta Community College system in getting participants...

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#TIMEDONE & BOSS

On July 15th, the BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) hosted the national campaign #TimeDone and state advocacy group California for Safety and Justice (CSJ) during CTEC's weekly scheduled social justice initiative workshop. #TimeDone provided an in-depth discussion on the importance of advocating for the elimination of barriers faced by formerly incarcerated men and women transitioning back into society. This was coupled by...

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BOSS: Ending Poverty

https://youtu.be/kj-sDKHxWgg BOSS’S EVOLVING VISION & 48-YEAR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE On June 21st 2019, BOSS was featured in the 23rd season of The Visionaries (https://www.visionaries.org), a documentary series that hand-picks extraordinary non-profits around the world that create unique and effective changes within their communities. The documentary was created by the spectacular Visionaries filmmaking team (led by Jody Santos) in collaboration with BOSS staff, who hosted the...

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Congratulations 2019 Rising Stars!

BERKELEY, CA – It was a beautiful late Spring evening on May 31, 2019, and the Warriors had the night off (!), so the evening was free for the community to come together at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in downtown Berkeley and celebrate a very special group of young people – the 2019 Class of Rising Stars! Berkeley High Jazz ensemble As multi-color balloons beckoned guests inside, they were welcomed by BOSS staff and Board Members (thank you, Joe Dung and Andrea Spillman!) as live jazz was played by a...

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First Safe Oakland Summit June 8th

Please join BOSS this Saturday June 8, 2019 at Oakland's first Safe Oakland Summit at the Oakland Marriott City Center 1001 Broadway, Oakland! (9am-4pm) Register here: www.safeoakland.eventbrite.com In collaboration with law makers and a number of local residents and grassroots organizations called the Violence Prevention Coalition, the community passed legislation to create Oakland's first Department of Violence Prevention (DVP) with a goal to reduce homicide, sex trafficking of minors...

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Career Pathways at CTEC

Pictured above: Art and Beverly from Merritt College talking with CTEC particpants about cyber-security certification progrm The BOSS Career Training and Employment Center (CTEC) assists system-impacted people with job placement and retention. Many of our participants are formerly incarcerated, homeless and/or low-income. One of the services we offer is a long-term career planning program called Career Pathways. Career Pathways assists participants who are interested in solidifying a job skill...

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Homeless Community Loses A Shining Light

A couple of weeks ago the Bay Area experienced tragedy across three cities with the shooting of three different individuals in a day by a single gunman. One of the victims, 43 year old Calvin Kelley (who was shot at People’s Park), was an important part of the BOSS family. BOSS joins the community in sending our deepest sympathy to the four children he leaves behind and other loved ones who will miss him greatly. Photo credit (above): At April 29th memorial for Calvin Kelley at People's Park |...

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