Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS)
- Social Service Agencies
The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. Established in 1971, BOSS provides Housing, Health, Economic Development, and Social Justice programs to over 1,500 families and individuals each year to help turn their lives around.
BOSS has programs throughout the East Bay -- shelters and transitional houses, employment and education programs, health care, leadership development initiatives, and more. BOSS's curriculum of 'Wellness & Empowerment' activities emphasize skill-building and education to help people break free of the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
BOSS understands that homelessness impacts entire communities, not just the families and individuals who personally experience it. BOSS programs provide effective solutions that WORK to help people overcome homelessness: these programs need the support of our whole community -- volunteers, donors, and vocal advocates who urge funders and policy makers to support human service programs like BOSS.
You can make a difference: get involved - learn more - donate - volunteer!!
- HOUSING: Shelter, transitional houses, permanent housing assistance
- HEALTH: Physical/mental health care, drug/alcohol recovery support, health education, medications monitoring
- ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Education, job training, job search and placements
- SOCIAL JUSTICE: Leadership development, community building, grassroots organizing campaigns for policy goals
Multiple programs. Main drop-in center located at at 1931 Center Street (Berkeley exit from Hwy 80, go East on University towards UC Berkeley, right at Martin Luther King Way, left on Center).