Getting the Homeless Back to Work.
Our Work Wins Back Productive Lives
Saffron Strand, Inc. is an all-volunteer 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 a unique intentional community that is dedicated to getting all members back to work. Members 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
The 8th Annual Homeless Workforce Conference took place 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 focused a broad range of expertise to bring 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.
Job Skills, Life Skills, Intentional Community
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 Homeless Workforce Conference and provide fact-based advocacy through outreach and community engagement as through our annual Jesse Curtis Awards to Reduce Homelessness.