Getting the Homeless Back to Work.

Register: 2014 Homeless Workforce Conference

Register: 2014 Homeless Workforce Conference

Our 5th Annual Homeless Workforce Conference -- June 16-17 in Richmond, CA -- is a call to action: If we don’t get serious now, then we’re perpetuating a terrible waste of human potential and squandering scarce public and charitable resources. This Conference is the only forum nationwide to answer the critical question: How do we help the homeless -- and those at risk of homelessness -- to get back to work and increase their economic independence?

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Name & Philosophy

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.

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Supporting Our Work

Supporting Our Work

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.

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Our Programs

Our Programs

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 Conference and promote fact-based advocacy through programs like the Jesse Curtis Awards to Reduce Homelessness.

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"Homeless persons are like precious strands of saffron
from the hardy crocus flower"