The homeless can and often do succeed in working their way out of homelessness and poverty. But barriers to employment confront them from the start and threaten at every turn along the way. These barriers can overwhelm already vulnerable people: Lack of education and marketable skills Poor job history Criminal record Mental health and substance

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Anton Salon helps the homeless look great, both for the holidays and for future employment Anton Salon in Berkeley was a busy place on Dec. 22, during the rush before Christmas. Salon owner Joe Escobedo opened his doors and heart again this year to give back to the community, helping Bay Area homeless residents look

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The new Saffron Strand Center has come fully up-to-speed with a total of 10 web-linked computer workstations, more than double the capacity of the previous location. Saffron Strand’s homeless members got to work quickly in the expanded training facility and career staging area. The Center is in ground-floor professional office space near the center of

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A Massachusetts $3.5 million initiative seeks to provide permanent housing and support services, including job training, for about 800 of the state’s chronically homeless. Unlike previous homeless shelter programs, private funders – not taxpayers — assume the risk if the program does not meet objectives. The investment comes from non-profit organizations as well the private

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This year has been great for Saffron Strand members re-entering the workforce. With their new skills and support of our intentional community, most of those who’ve gotten back to work have done well and remain employed. Thanks to their success, we’ve had a big increase in demand for our services. Therefore, we’ve relocated the Saffron

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Saffron Strand is moving to larger professional office space to accommodate more computer workstations for a larger number of homeless members. Our new location is only a couple of blocks away: Saffron Strand, Inc. 147 West Richmond Avenue, Suite C Point Richmond, CA 94801 Please note that the Saffron Strand phone and email are going

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“Saffron Strand members,” the West County Times reported June 23, “gain work experience volunteering to plan and execute the nonprofit’s events, including its annual conference on homelessness, which draws experts from around the country.” In fact, when reporter Robert Rogers visited the Saffron Strand Center in Point Richmond on June 11, homeless members were preparing

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Bay Area newspaper and online media source Contra Costa Times today reported on the upcoming Saffron Strand 2014 Conference, June 16-17 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium in Richmond. The article by Robert Rogers, titled “Richmond homeless workforce conference to address employment skills,” quoted the Conference opening keynote speaker, consultant and author Dr. Ira Wolfe, and

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Saffron Strand’s 2014 Conference — June 16-17 in Richmond, CA — trains participants to “retool” the homeless and those at risk of homelessness so they can re-enter the workforce for the long term. Our unique annual Conferences educate professionals, community leaders, and other stakeholders on the latest research, best practices, and examples of outstanding programs

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“Our country has not experienced anything like the current upheaval in the workforce since the late Nineteenth and early 20th Centuries,” says Dr. Ira S. Wolfe, president of Success Performance Solutions and author on labor issues and workforce trends. Dr. Wolfe will keynote Saffron Strand’s Fifth Annual Homeless Workforce Conference, June 16-17 in Richmond, CA.

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