Getting the Homeless Back to Work.
Our Work Helps Optimize Human Potential
Saffron Strand, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization whose mission is to get the homeless and those at risk into quality jobs and rewarding careers. Those who join Saffron Strand become members of a unique intentional community that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all members. Members help run the organization, including our national Homeless Workforce Conferences, which have provided specialized employment services training for professionals and others who serve vulnerable populations.
Bernalillo County Sponsorship
With the support of Debbie O'Malley, Bernalillo County District 1 Commissioner, the County is helping to sponsor Saffron Strand, Inc. and our work in Albuquerque and other BernCo communities. Commissioner O'Malley promotes innovative solutions to economic development for all, including the homeless and those and those at risk, as shown throughout her 30-year public service career. She was a keynote speaker at Saffron Strand's inaugural New Mexico fundraiser in 2019.
Name & Philosophy
We chose the name Saffron Strand to symbolize our work. 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, we can help empower the homeless and those at risk of homelessness to overcome their personal challenges and re-enter the workforce, becoming productive members of our communities. When they thrive, they bring their precious gifts to the world we share.
Job Skills, Life Skills, Intentional Community
Over the course of 10 years, Saffron Strand built the job skills and increased employment of homeless adults in Richmond, California and other West Contra Costa communities through one-on-one work with our members at the Saffron Strand Center. Also, we offered professional training and public education through our Homeless Workforce Conferences and provided fact-based advocacy through outreach and community engagement as through the Jesse Curtis Awards to Reduce Homelessness. Now, in Albuquerque, New Mexico the mission continues....