By Terri Morgan
Santa Cruz Sentinel
CAPITOLA — The community has rallied together to provide help for a disabled man who was living alone in a dilapidated home without water or heat.
Officer Chris Thompson of the Capitola Police discovered the situation late last week while conducting a welfare check at the behest of Adult Protective Services.
He found 65-year-old Gary Williams living in dire circumstances.
“When I showed up there he had not eaten for five days,” Thompson said. “His water main had blown up, and he had no water, no heat and no family.”
Williams, who is afflicted with a debilitating vascular condition that restricts his mobility, has been largely housebound for years. Due to his condition, the house was in complete disrepair.
“He’s a really smart guy, and was totally lucid,” Thompson said. “But he has no support system and he was at the end of his rope.”
That’s when the community stepped in.
To donate, contact the Capitola Public Safety Foundation at 831-475-5111. To volunteer, call 831-239-0391.