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Crosscurrents

The Black Sheep

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The next time you're in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, if you look carefully you’ll see a symbol of this support: a black cross drawn in marker. It’s the coat of arms for the Black Sheep, the area’s unofficial homeless first aid squad.

 

Their mission is to tend to fellow homeless by providing care and minor medical services. Doc runs the crew. Most of the Black Sheep, go by nicknames on the street for privacy and safety reasons, so we’ll use them in this story. They’re not trained medical professionals, but they carry first aid kits and try to help however they can.

 

We came to the realization one day when we were all hanging out that each and every one of us are the black sheep in their family. And that us hanging out together and spending the time together, that’s the real first aid.