Man helps the homeless at night in the East Bay

November 5, 2012 9:10:03 AM PST
In the East Bay, one man spends his nights giving to the homeless with a friendly face and helping hand. We first met Doug Stewart at an ABC7 Listens meeting in October in Concord. We decided to tag along and see what it's like.

The white SUV is on the move again. It's 9 p.m. on a Thursday night and Stewart is on patrol. He's going to where the homeless live in Central Contra Costa County bringing a friendly face and some items to make life in the street a little easier.

"There is a daytime outreach team, but as far as nights go, I'm the only one for the whole county," said Stewart.

It's a dangerous job that takes Stewart into some tough areas, but it's also rewarding. This night takes him to Todos Santos Plaza in Concord where he hands out supplies to several homeless people.

"He'll pull people out of tents and pull people out of bushes and say 'hey, what do you guys need tonight?'" said a man.

"If no one else is doing this, somebody has to. I mean there has to be somebody here for these people in the middle of the night," said Stewart.

Why he does what he does, and what his family and the police think about it? That's coming up on ABC7 News at 6 p.m..

You can send donations to:
Pacheco/MTZ Outreach
2161 Pomona Ave
Martinez, CA 94553


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