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.
2017 Homeless Workforce Conference
Join us for the 8th Annual Homeless Workforce Conference, June 12-13, 2017, at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, in Richmond, California. The extreme shortage of affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area and other metro areas is pushing low-income people to the brink of homelessness. To prevent homelessness we need to get low-income residents into affordable housing that provides a stable platform for gainful employment. Our unique, national conference brings creative solutions to the prevention and reduction of homelessness.
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.
What Trainers Say
Saffron Strand's volunteer trainers and mentors 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 trainers are gently encouraged or lovingly shoved to expand our skill set much in the same way the members are... all of us growing together in this wonderful and enriching endeavor. Trainers encourage members and members equally encourage the trainers, and we, all of us, get as much as we give...."