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I saw first-hand at Dunne Park how the homeless population impacts our community. It took the efforts of two good Samaritans to come to the rescue of a wheelchair-bound homeless woman screaming for someone to take her to the park bathroom. She was in pain and needed assistance.  

In the ensuing minutes, medical help arrived, along with four police officers, two firefighters and EMT staff. The woman in question was transported to destination unknown.  

The Hollister community is trying to resolve a growing problem of dealing with homelessness. Currently, the planned shelter is a step toward helping individuals cope with the realities of day-to-day living. Dunne Park and the surrounding neighborhood should be a safe and welcoming experience for families.  

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

John E.Bessa, Dunne Park tennis player