Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Searching for Bristol's Homeless At the Crack of Dawn

A dedicated bunch of people are getting up early Wednesday and going out searching for people who live on the streets, in the parks, behind the shopping centers and other places homeless people sleep in Bristol.
Marge Rivera, a Salvation Army caseworker who is helping to lead the count, expects to find 13-15 people on the streets.
They're going out from 5-7 a.m., which is even earlier than most chamber of commerce functions.
Unlike the statewide "point in time" count typically done on a cold winter night, this is a local count only, and one done in the early morning, in warm weather.
Besides places where they think people might be sleeping, including under the bridge by Tinty's, inside Rockwell Park and behind several Bristol grocery stores, they'll also be scoping out the coffee and donut places like Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's to see if they can find anyone there.
I wrote a story about this for Wednesday's edition of The Bristol Press (http://www.bristolpress.com/) and plan to follow up with another story after the count to let you all know what they learned.

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