Getting the Homeless Back to Work.
Our Work Helps Optimize Human Potential
Saffron Strand, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization founded in Richmond, California with the mission to help the homeless and those at risk achieve quality jobs and develop rewarding careers. Those who join Saffron Strand become members of a unique intentional community that is dedicated to improving the quality of life of all members. Members help run the organization, including our national Homeless Workforce Conferences, which have provided specialized employment services training for professionals and others who serve vulnerable populations.
Bernalillo County Sponsorship
With the support of Debbie O'Malley, Bernalillo County District 1 Commissioner, the County is helping to sponsor Saffron Strand, Inc. and our work in Albuquerque and other BernCo communities. Commissioner O'Malley recognized the potential of Saffron Strand in New Mexico based on its success in California. She promotes innovative solutions to economic development for all, including the homeless and those and those at risk, as shown throughout her 30-year public service career. She was a keynote speaker at Saffron Strand's inaugural New Mexico fundraiser.
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, our care and dedication 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.
Job Skills, Life Skills, Intentional Community
Over the course of 10 years, Saffron Strand built the job skills and increased employment of homeless adults in Richmond, California and other Bay Area communities working one-on-one work with our members at the Saffron Strand Center. Also, we delivered professional training and public education through our Homeless Workforce Conferences and provided fact-based advocacy through outreach and community engagement, for example through the Jesse Curtis Awards to Reduce Homelessness. We maintain our original office in Richmond and now have an office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the mission continues....