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If Homeless Shelter Director Cruz Avila Were a Dog, He’d Be a Husky

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Cruz Avila is the executive director of Poverello House, a center that offers meals, shelter, healthcare, and social services to the homeless in Fresno, California. Before joining a Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation panel discussion on his city’s struggle with inequality and unemployment—“Can Fresno Win the War on Poverty?”—he talked in the Zócalo green room about huskies, the satisfaction of helping those in need, and the origins of his name.

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