March 2, 2017
Sobriety program for homeless people yields results in Petaluma
At this time last year, Paul Palmer was going on seven years of being homeless.
A methamphetamine addict living along the Petaluma River, he’d been in and out of rehab a few times, but it never seemed to work.
He mostly kept to himself, staying out of the way of police officers and other homeless people, burrowed deep into the bushes along the river bank on the north side of town. To support his habit, he recycled. To pass the time, he would read, birdwatch or tend his vegetable patch of corn, lettuce and tomatoes.
Palmer, 52, is now off the streets and has been sober for three months, thanks to Petaluma’s Sober Circle initiative.
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