The “Share the Spirit” holiday campaign, sponsored by the Bay Area News Group, recently featured Melodie Smith, a Saffron Strand member who has “overcome running from the law, drug addiction and being jobless.” “It’s amazing,” Melodie told Angela Ruggiero who covers criminal justice for the East Bay Times, “you can get out of homelessness if

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RICHMOND, California (December 10, 2015) – Saffron Strand highlights the art of Bay Area artists at the non-profit’s Winter Gala and Silent Auction, Saturday, December 12, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church (266 Nicholl Avenue) in Point Richmond, CA. The Winter Gala celebrates the season with hors d’oeuvres, live jazz, and an art

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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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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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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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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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Chysandra Nair, Saffron Strand program manager, accepted the California Workforce Association’s Charlie Brown Workforce Professional of the Year Award at the CWA Spring Conference, April 23, 2014, in San Diego. In thanking CWA, Chysandra offered the following remarks… Thank you very much for this year’s Charlie Brown Award. I feel very honored to receive it and

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From what we know based on the Saffron Strand experience in Richmond, conventional transitional employment programs tend to pigeon-hole the worker as a landscape laborer, janitor, maintenance “gofer,” etc. Such programs confine the participant’s expectations to the bottom of the hierarchy of needs – food, shelter, and maybe a little “walking around money.” If a

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