The GAAP family is deeply saddened to share that former executive director Bill Hart passed away in November 2010 after suffering a heart attack. During GAAP's 25 years of service to the community, no one has exemplified a commitment to our core values of zealous advocacy and client empowerment more than Bill. Once homeless himself, Bill has inspired and counseled countless clients and volunteers alike.

Bill's leadership on behalf of the poor and homeless in San Francisco has shaped important policies and agency relationships that affect the least advantaged in our city, and was recognized by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who passed a resolution commending his work. As the Board recognized:

Mr. Hart is a tenacious fighter for his clients as well as a respectful colleague to the people he works with in the advocate community and at the Human Services Agency. He never gives up on helping clients and roars like a lion when he needs to advocate on behalf of the poor. He also is able to balance his tenacity with an openness to the other point of view. His respect for Human Services Agency staff has created an environment of a productive working relationship on behalf of our San Francisco indigent adult population.

Bill first came to GAAP as a client and, after getting his own footing, started working as a volunteer advocate in 2000. After proving himself a skilled advocate, leader, and community liaison, Bill became executive director in 2004. He served in the position until health complications forced him to take an early retirement in fall of 2010.

Bill will be sorely missed, but remains an inspiration and example to the board, staff, and clients.

Donations in Bill's honor can be made by credit card or paypal through our secure online donation tool, or by check mailed to GAAP, 276 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102.

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