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.
Training and Support for Front Line Workers
Dedicated professionals, volunteers, and the programs they implement are crucial to rebuilding millions of shattered lives and reducing the rising tide of long-term unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. But the tragic burnout of front line workers hurts critical programs that help vulnerable populations. Saffron Strand's 7th Annual Homeless Workforce Conference -- “Working with the Homeless: How to Survive & Thrive in the Trenches" -- took place June 13-14, 2016 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium in Richmond, CA, to meet the critical need for professional training and public education.
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...."