Getting the Homeless Back to Work.
Register: 2014 Homeless Workforce Conference
Our 2014 Conference is a call to action: If we don’t get serious now, then we’re perpetuating a terrible waste of human potential and squandering scarce public and charitable resources! This Conference is the only forum nationwide to answer the critical question: How do we help the homeless get back to work? It includes 2 full days of professional training and public education with morning plenary sessions, luncheons, afternoon workshops, and an evening reception. Keynote speaker for the Monday (June 16) plenary session is Dr. Ira Wolfe, speaking on “Caught in the Perfect Labor Storm: The Homeless, Hard-to-Employ, and Long-Term Unemployed.”
Name & Philosophy
We chose the name Saffron Strand to evoke an image. The crocus flower, enfolding its precious strands of saffron, must withstand parasites, predators, and hostile environments. Producing saffron demands the intensive, attentive work of dedicated people. Likewise, with care and dedication, homeless people can and will work to overcome their personal challenges and become productive members of our communities. When they thrive, they bring their precious gifts to the world we share.
Supporting Our Work
The West County area has more than half of Contra Costa County's homeless population. In Richmond alone, on any given night, there are more than 1,200 homeless people. Our work helps them get back to work. And, when the homeless start or resume a career, support their families, and participate in the economic and social life of our communities, we all benefit. As they stabilize their lives and generate legitimate income, they reduce the burden on other taxpayers—less emergency, medical, law enforcement, and other unreimbursed public expenditures.
Saffron Strand builds the job skills and increases employment of homeless adults in Richmond, CA and other Contra Costa County and San Francisco Bay Area communities. We work one-on-one with our homeless members at the Saffron Strand Center, providing individualized training and support with dignity, respect, and trust in a professional office environment. We also provide professional training and public education through our Annual Homeless Workforce Conference and promote fact-based advocacy through programs like the Jesse Curtis Awards to Reduce Homelessness.