One guy helping nickname "Shakey" was someone who Charlotte McDonald and EPD Officer Drake Goodale ran into about two years ago during their MIST walks. Officer Goodale and Bryan Hall helped him get clean and sober, get off the streets into the Rescue Mission, then into MAC, now he is back living at the Rescue Mission and helping out today.
Bryan Hall contacted me later this evening with a clarification. "Charlotte got Jimmy's confused. Shakey's real name is Jimmy and one of our program guys right now is Jimmy. Two different Jimmy's. Jimmy from the Rescue Mission was helping today." According to Bryan Hall, Shakey may be living in Loleta.
Charlotte McDonald said efforts like today show how the community gets together to help each other and the unity of the community.
Charlotte, Betty, Captain Watson, Bryan, no one wanted to be in the photos but media requested. The group photo is all the people that helped today.
Betty, Charlotte, Bryan and Captain Watson, all said, "this is not about me" and asked to recognize the hardworking crew. "They give me hope" said Betty, tearing up a few times.
Supervisor Rex Bohn contacted me and said he is working on the rat infestation at the warehouse. Councilmember Kim Bergel contacted me and said she and Councilmember Heidi Wilson Messner
"are in San Diego and Los Angeles looking at homeless services best practices. Sorry we couldn't be there."
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