Getting the Homeless Back to Work.
Our Work Wins Back Productive Lives
Saffron Strand, Inc. is a unique 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization whose mission is to get homeless people and those at risk of homelessness off the streets and back to work. Those who join Saffron Strand become members of an all-volunteer intentional community that is dedicated to getting all members back to work. They help run the organization, including our national annual Homeless Workforce Conferences that provide specialized employment services training for professionals and others who help vulnerable populations.
2016 Conference: Call for Workshop Proposals
Saffron Strand is seeking workshop proposals from experts nationwide to present at the 7th Annual Homeless Workforce Conference -- “Working with the Homeless: How to Survive & Thrive in the Trenches" -- June 13-14, 2016 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium in Richmond, CA. Workshop proposals can cover the continuum of employment, housing, and health care services, including proposals that specifically address vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and PTSD in professionals and others working in challenging social service fields. Innovative workshop proposals are welcome to help "heal the healers" -- art therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, drum therapy, labyrinth therapy, and more.
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.
Our Programs, including the 2016 Homeless Workforce Conference
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 Conferences and promote fact-based advocacy through programs like the Jesse Curtis Awards to Reduce Homelessness. Click below for more about our 7th Annual Homeless Workforce Conference, June 13-14, 2016.