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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.

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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Is Martinez proud of its own 'Hometown Hero'? Share your appreciation for Doug in the comments below.

Todd Shipman September 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Doug. What you described yourself as wanting to be, is in most cases, what a hero is. Someone, who helps others. I am glad i came across this story. I have lived in Martinez for almost 2 years, and we see Doug and his family all around. From the farmers market, to driving around. You are amazing Doug and thank you for your services and selflessness
Chris Kapsalis September 02, 2012 at 06:54 PM
I think it is great to have people like Doug as heroes up there with sports heroes getting attention in the paper. We should make baseball cards with some of our local heroes on them I think.
Jim Mannion September 03, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Great job, Doug. My family and I were out at a Friday Night on the Main this Summer, and saw you out talking to a couple of folks. I could see you were in control, and looking out for everyone. You're a true sign of community.
Mark Stewart September 05, 2012 at 01:05 PM
As his son, I am extremely proud of my dad. having the opportunity to work with him and see how he has given back to those less fortunate is a life changing experience. It has challenged me to not only be a better person but also to give back when ever i can in my own community. love you dad.
Ryan Harvey February 27, 2013 at 12:34 AM
In need of the number of the organization

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