With her red kitten heels, stylishly short blond hair and Dior tortoiseshell glasses, Kara Zordel looked ready to spend the day at a bohemian art gallery or the offices of a glossy fashion magazine. Instead, she stuffed a canvas bag with granola bars and T-shirts and ventured out into the cold, drizzly weather to introduce herself to the dwellers of San Francisco’s sidewalks and sketchy back alleys. “I’m Kara,” the 38-year-old announced to a man huddled under a pile of blankets and leaning against a chain-link fence in the South of Market neighborhood. She handed him a shirt and a granola bar with a card stapled to the wrapper detailing her organization, Project Homeless Connect. Zordel is the executive director of the one-stop shop for homeless people to receive bimonthly services at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. According to the city’s most recent count, there are 6,500 homeless people in San Francisco. Since its inception in 2004, Project Homeless Connect has served 70,000 people, though many are repeat visitors or have some type of housing such as a single room occupancy hotel. There, people receive myriad services, including legal aid or housing and employment help. They can also get haircuts,… Read full this story
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