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.
Homeless Workforce Conference 2015
Saffron Strand’s Sixth Annual Homeless Workforce Conference -- "Moving Beyond Barriers and Back to Work” -- takes place June 15-16 in Richmond, CA, which has one of the highest concentrations of homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. For our 2015 Conference, we’re focusing on the absolute necessity of specialized training for professionals in employment services and others who work with the homeless. Empowering the homeless to re-enter the workforce for the long term rebuilds lives and communities and reduces 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.
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.