A new transitional living home for recovering alcoholics is causing controversy in Ceres.
“The people who are leasing this property and bringing in this type of group don’t live here. They don’t live in the community,” said Hector Barrera.
Barrera is just one of several neighbors extremely upset about this new transitional living home for alcoholics.
“I believe there is a proper place and that proper place is not within the community. It should be out in the country, outside in the community.”
The four-unit home, which can house up to six people per room, on 5th street in Ceres is just one block from a restaurant and bar, as well as a liquor store, It’s also a stone’s throw away from a drug free school zone.
“More than anything I am just concerned about it being close to the school and that it’s only a block from the liquor store,” said Katherine Soria, a concerned resident.
But Bob Klinger, the director of Valley Sober Living, says this location is perfect for recovering alcoholics working to get back on their feet.
“We feel like we are a very valuable asset to any community including being next to the school. We’re a place where people don’t drink alcohol. They don’t smoke pot. They don’t use meth-amphetamines. It’s a place where people are going to be clean and sober,” said Klinger.
But neighbors think the transitional living home should be located outside of the community.
“It just concerns me they’re going to be so close to temptation. What’s to really stop them? Like I said, the kids are my main worry,” said Soria.
“Anywhere we go, somebody is going to object saying ‘why in my backyard?’. This is actually a very good location for what we do. We did look around the Ceres area and this one just made sense to us,” said Klinger.