Letter: Tent observation

Published: 11/30/2022 7:00:21 AM
Modified: 11/30/2022 7:00:07 AM

A recent Wednesday morning I drove down the ramp from 393 to South Commercial St. I was on my way to an exercise class. I looked out at a tent on the grass south of me. I know the resident from my association with The Friendly Kitchen. She has physical problems that makes walking very difficult for her. A few days before a member of our board had purchased a walker for her. She was so happy, suddenly getting around was much easier. She could carry her meal to her table and other small things we take for granted.

Besides physical problems this woman also has some mental challenges. I was happy to see her tent in a safe place. Close to the Kitchen where food and bathroom facilities existed. Bathing and clean changes of clothing don’t exist in her life. With the shelter opening soon I thought life would be a bit easier for her until then. Returning to the Kitchen after class, I noticed the tent was gone. I asked and was told the Concord Police had removed it. Nice to see the city spending funds on outreach to the homeless.

Harold Olson



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