The success of the state's largest homeless center, the Poverello Center, rests largely on the shoulders of Executive Director Ellie Hill. The former district attorney never expected to be in her current position, but she points out that the word "lawyer" translates to "advocate" in most other languages. Although she's kicked around the idea of leaving her current position for a more traditional legal career, it'll never happen. "I'm still a lawyer in a lot of ways," she says. "I consider myself an advocate for the poor."
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