Perla Orozco

Many children are broken down by the harsh realities of the Tenderloin. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the ones who excel in spite of the temptations to do otherwise. But Perla Orozco is a child whose achievements demand she be noticed. For the past two years, Perla and her older sister have lived with their…

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Traci Cox

As he waits on the lobby sofa, Traci Cox is as unassuming in his black and khaki windbreaker as he is charming. Wise beyond his 17 years, his clean-cut looks, boyish grin, and hazel-green eyes reveal an innocence that’s almost deceiving. Appearances mislead as Traci’s story is one that is both heartbreaking and cathartic. There…

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Nancy Muldoon

Only a Hundred Dollars in My Pocket Seven years ago I came to San Francisco with just $100.00 and my two-year-old daughter. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I didn’t realize just how difficult it would be. We first stayed at the Leland Hotel on Polk Street for a week before I…

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Karen Martinez

Karen Martinez Wins. Big Time! Karen Martinez, 39, has come a long way. About a year ago, she and her little girl Cloey, 3, arrived in San Francisco and were homeless. With the help of the nonprofit Compass organization, she found housing at TNDC’s Civic Center Residence this March. Since then, she has completed her…

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