Jul 28, 2014

Doug Stewart Honored as 'Hometown Hero'

Mercury News has published a photo profile of Stewart, a Martinez resident who founded the Central County Homeless Outreach program in 2004.

Doug Stewart Honored as 'Hometown Hero'

Martinez residents know Doug. They see him around town. He even .

Now, Mercury News has honored the homeless outreach worker with a photographic profile sharing a day-in-the-life of Doug Stewart. The pictures show Stewart working a night shift driving around Martinez and beyond, cleaning the wounds of a homeless woman before taking her to a shelter, providing food and blankets to a homeless man, buying a BART ticket for another, visiting homeless encampments and filling out paperwork on the hood of his SUV.

Stewart founded  Central County Homeless Outreach after his efforts to help members of the homeless population in Pacheco turned into a mission. Now, according to his bio, Stewart is out into the community six days a week, including weekends, "to make a difference in the lives of the homeless and temporarily stranded."

The organization became an official California non-profit in 2011, was awarded a $1,500 grant by the City of Martinez and won Diablo Magazine's Threads of Hope Award.

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