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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 for the Fifth Annual Homeless Workforce Conference scheduled for June 16-17 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium.

“The nonprofit’s members gain skills in budgeting, management, public speaking and marketing,” Rodgers wrote.

His article also covered Saffron Strand’s origin and progress as a non-profit membership organization that operates a unique employment services model at the local level and organizes a national education and training program to develop the homeless workforce.

This work earned recognition in the “Hometown Heroes” program, a partnership between Bay Area News Group-East Bay and Comcast celebrating people in the Bay Area who make a difference in their communities.

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