Our Mission

Rubicon’s mission is to prepare very low-income people to achieve financial independence and to partner with people with mental illness on their journey of recovery.

Our Approach

People in our hardest hit communities need intensive support and follow-up services to access the jobs and opportunities that will enable them to move and stay out of poverty. Rubicon finds support that’s right for each individual – a personalized, comprehensive collection of services that includes job placement, housing, legal services, and financial literacy.

We place low-income East Bay residents in jobs and housing and get them access to legal services and healthcare. Rubicon serves the entire East Bay from offices in Berkeley, Hayward, Richmond, Concord, and Antioch.

Our Results

Rubicon served more than 3,000 people across Alameda County and Contra Costa County last year. We placed over 650 unemployed people in jobs – more than at any point in our over 40 year history. These clients have overcome serious obstacles: over a third have been incarcerated at one point in their lives.

Our History

A nationally recognized nonprofit, Rubicon was founded in 1973. The name “Rubicon” refers to a decision from which there is no turning back – the beginning of the journey to change. Rubicon is one of just five organizations nationwide to be awarded a special federal grant to make sure parents coming out of the criminal justice system can provide financial and emotional support for their children and stay on the right side of the law.

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