Fundraiser for New Training Center

Supporting a Unique New Approach

for Reducing Homelessness and Poverty

in Albuquerque

October 27, 2019 — 5:30-8:30 p.m.

National Hispanic Cultural Center — Grand Hall

1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Concerned citizens and community leaders are coming together to support a unique new approach for reducing homelessness and poverty in Albuquerque.

On October 27, we’re holding a Wine Tasting & Silent Auction to raise funds for opening the Saffron Strand Training Center in Albuquerque. The Center is going to help the city’s homeless and poorest residents gain skills needed in the local economy so they can get back to work in jobs that build careers.

Our venue is the Grand Hall at National Hispanic Cultural Center, which is helping to sponsor this enjoyable and inspiring fundraising event.

Tickets ($75 per person) are available by clicking the button below:

In addition to delicious wine, our distinguished guests will enjoy:

  • Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and tapas from Saffron Strand’s “pop-up kitchen,” which was one of the secrets to our decade of success getting the homeless off the streets and back to work in the Bay Area of California
  • Albuquerque’s Le Chat Lunatique, bringing a unique Burque jazz style that crosses many genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae, doo-wop, and more

Also, three dynamic community leaders will focus on key issues related to homelessness and poverty in the upcoming electoral ballot initiatives:

  • Debbie O’Malley, Bernalillo County Commissioner
  • Ilse Biel, Activist and Advocate for the Homeless
  • Rev. Amani Malaika, Albuquerque Center of Spiritual Living

Albuquerque absolutely needs the Saffron Strand Training Center. More than 95,000 city residents (17%) have income below the official poverty level. More than 44,000 (8%) get by on income that is only 50% of the poverty level (

It’s not surprising that thousands are homeless sometime during the year and many thousands more are constantly at risk. Albuquerque’s poorest of the poor are desperate and vulnerable. They are often the victims of crime. They’re so desperate they sometimes perpetrate criminal acts themselves, which contributes to the city’s high crime rate.

We know that most homeless and at-risk persons want the dignity, respect, and trust that goes with legitimate, rewarding employment. But to succeed, they first must have the necessary “soft” skills and technical skills to achieve and sustain jobs that pay a living wage.

The Saffron Strand Training Center in Albuquerque will offer a totally new approach to empower employment of these vulnerable residents, providing pre-employment training and career staging with the help of local volunteers in a safe, professional office environment.

We achieved a decade of success through our Training Center and annual Homeless Workforce Conferences in the Bay Area of California. We improved the lives of hundreds of homeless people and those at risk by helping them get off the streets and back to work for the long term.

Saffron Strand, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, now incorporated in New Mexico, that seeks to reduce homelessness and extreme poverty in Albuquerque.

For more information, please contact Saffron Strand, Inc. at or tel. (510) 691-7026.

Tickets ($75 per person) are available by clicking the button below: