For Marcellous McDonald trash collection is much more than helping keep the city clean. The former high school peer counselor who has been living on the streets for months is part of a new program that puts the homeless to work picking up litter and sweeping leaves in downtown San Jose five days a week.

In return, the program gives them access to a host of benefits including housing and job placement, food and even background checks.

(READ the story in the Mercury-News)

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