Friday, January 30, 2009

Thanks for the connection

As mentioned in this week's column, the city of Tracy deserves a round of applause for its participation in the countywide homeless connection event. Especially the code enforcement division and police department.

It might sound a little backwards to thank public officials for participating in what is, after all, a count that's required by Congress. But people like former interim police chief and still Capt. Rick Golphin and code enforcement head Ana Contreras — and those in their departments — worked hard to make Thursday's event happen.

(We'd be remiss if we didn't also didn't give a special mention to Apostolic New Life Center church for providing the hot meals, and Sutter Tracy Healthy Connections for sponsoring similar "Good Samaritan" gatherings for the homeless four times a year to provide outreach.)

Police officers and code enforcement workers handed out fliers to folks on the street, informed known homeless individuals of the event, and basically just acknowledged that they can have a positive role in addressing what is ultimately an issue for the entire community.

They — along with tireless nonprofits and volunteers — created a truly welcoming event.

"Tracy's a warm and welcoming community," Contreras said.

On Thursday, we proved it. The challenge is to prove it again, and again, and again.

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