By Emily Bazar

April 30, 2018

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Back in 2008, Mary Hogden was homeless, living on the streets of Berkeley,

Calif.

"I got beat up really badly out there," says Hogden, 62. "It's not a safe

place for women."

 

She landed in the hospital and then in a boarding home for adults with

mental illness. But her big break came when she started volunteering for a

mental health program called the Pool of Consumer Champions, run by Alameda

County.