We’ve had a lot of discussions over the last several weeks about 23rd & Union and how we need a stronger police presence and some sort of social service outreach to the groups that hang out there. The Get Off The Streets (GOTS) program has been mentioned several times, and today Robert Jamieson has a good column in the PI about the program:
Christal F., who asked that her last name not be used, is one of the success stories. Before she was assisted by GOTS, she was hooking, addicted to drugs and “living out of bags.”
Now, the 42-year-old who’d been using drugs since she was 13 has been sober for 14 months. She attends drug court, lives in sober housing in South Seattle, has a job working with homeless people and is reconciling with her youngest son. She attends parenting classes and drug-support meetings.
“I feel soooooo good,” Christal told me after I bumped into her on the corner.
I recommend reading the whole article:
So maybe when we’re calling our elected officials and asking for more police, we should also ask to double the funding to the Seattle Neighborhood Group so they can expand from one day a week to two.