More Than Clean: Building a Workforce from Camden Residents

By TapInto Camden, Neill Borowski, November 16, 2022

When Francisco Santana shows up for work, the 6 a.m. darkness cloaks the litter and, at times, the used needles and excrement scattered around Seventh and Benson Streets near Cooper University Hospital.

As other downtown workers begin to arrive two and three hours later, much of the ugliness that greeted Santana is gone, never to be noticed by them.

Santana, 70, who in late October celebrated his 10th anniversary as a member of a brigade that has become known as the "Yellow Jackets," each weekday morning makes sure the urban debris is sitting in his bright yellow trash bucket rather than in public view.

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