Homeless shelter reaction ...
Original post made by Another mother here, Gunn High School, on Dec 26, 2006
The shelter next to the PAMF is meant to be a safehaven place for people down on their self preservation..a place where they can readjust and get themselves out of their cars (if they even had one) or out of the cold (benches, creekbeds, parks, your storefronts, etc.)...How many of these people are actually from Palo Alto?? Humm, like to know the tally on that one.....but I do know for fact there have been a FEW that grew up here, believe me or not..Ones that have mental problems, drinking problems, or health problems that have usually have lead them into alcohol addiction...drug addiction...to stress where they finally "snap"....
Very sad situations have come to light and there are not enough places or immediate answers for all of them..I hear there is an endless waiting list for help.........
The people who want and need to clean up their lives and want stability in their lives hang on the thread of hope to move on up to a safe and warm place. (A little bit of heaven to them.)
I have observed many homeless over the years on the streets on downtown Palo Alto..many have moved on, many have passed away.
I have read articles in our local newspapers about our local police confiscating the homeless people's sleeping bags and telling them to "move on" when they were caught trying to sleep in the parking garage across the street from the fancy hotel on Cowper Street.......Another story about the homeless guy who was "sleeping" sitting upright on the bench, under a blanket, and finally someone noticed that he was deceased after two days..........
Too many stories go unprinted..after all, our town does have a reputation to up hold..ha!
Long live Robbie "Steamboat" Fulton.
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