Getting the Homeless Back to Work.
Saffron Strand builds the job skills and increases employment of homeless adults in Richmond and other West Contra Costa communities through one-on-one work with our members at the Saffron Strand Center. Also, we offer professional training and public education through our Annual Conference and provide fact-based advocacy through outreach and community events like our Vigil for the Homeless and Annual Awards to Reduce Homelessness.
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.
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 provides homeless people with critical opportunities to achieve and sustain gainful employment and economic independence. We offer a place where the homeless of all origins can expand their job skills, cultivate their talents, and build their capacity for cooperation—all in ways that recognize each person's dignity.