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[Press] BOSS Tackles Root Causes of Poverty and Homelessness

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

This article from March 25, 2021 by in The California Wellness Foundation interviews executive director of BOSS, Donald Frazier. Donald answers questions about what BOSS does and the programs BOSS has. Frazier discusses the Neighborhood Impact Hubs, the Social Justice Collective Fellowship, and what makes BOSS unique.


We spoke with Donald Frazier, executive director of Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency, to learn how this organization is transforming individuals and communities in Alameda County, California. Their mission is to help justice-involved, those experiencing homelessness and those impacted by crime and violence to achieve improved health, economic security and self-sufficiency.

Frazier tell us that BOSS's ultimate goal is to “put ourselves out of business.” When asked how they will do that, he answers, “By helping people to become whole.”

As much as BOSS is a well-oiled machine that equips systems-impacted, justice-involved, unsheltered people and people with disabilities with hard and soft skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency, their higher mission is to empower and heal people. Everything rests on that, says Frazier. They focus on showing people that they are loved, respected, cared for, important and that they belong.

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