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[whitespace] Bridget Prince

Haight Street Hope

By Jack Shamama

Who says the next Mother Teresa can't be young and beautiful? Bridget Prince, 23, proves dedication and compassion come in many forms.

Jack: How long have you been in San Francisco?

Bridget: Two years. I'm originally from London.

Jack: What's your job?

Bridget: Outreach worker for homeless youth, Haight Ashbury Outreach Team/Needle Exchange.

Jack: How did you start?

Bridget: I started volunteering at 16.

Jack: How long have you been doing this?

Bridget: Since last June. I've been working with homeless youth for the last three to four years.

Jack: Do you like it?

Bridget: Yes.

Jack: What would you rather be doing?

Bridget: Nothing whatsoever. I'd rather the job didn't exist.

Jack: What if it didn't, in a perfect world, what would you do?

Bridget: You mean, like, if we had a revolution? I don't know. Hanging out at the beach. Gardening. I can't really see that happening.

Jack: What was your inspiration to go into this career?

Bridget: I saw a compelling need in the world, especially with homeless youth. They've really got the short straw.

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From the March 29, 1999 issue of the Metropolitan.

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