Rubicon’s mission is to transform East Bay communities by equipping low-income people to break the cycle of poverty.
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.
Rubicon served more than 4,000 people across Alameda County and Contra Costa County last year. We placed over 670 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.
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.