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Want to Reach Out and Be There for Someone

Want to Reach Out and Be There for Someone

KIMBERLY PLATT of Escondido has probably done more living than any six other people. By age 13, she had run away, become pregnant and been arrested for possession of marijuana and a stolen car. Since then, she has been detained, arrested or jailed 400 times.

Having alcoholic parents and being forced to care for three younger siblings were too much for her. She ran away at 12 and "spent more time in juvenile hall than at home." Later, Platt abandoned two daughters to pursue a life of prostitution, drug abuse and forgery.

"My friends would steal checks from mailboxes, and I'd make drivers' licenses so they could use the checks. I was good at it. I also altered checks and used the money to support my drug habit, pay for motel rooms and take care of my homeless friends."
Platt met Warner-Robbins while mourning the death of a puppy that had been put to sleep because she was in jail.
"Carmen prayed me through it and told me to write a story," said the 41-year-old grandmother. "My whole opinion of God changed."

Platt was released from jail in January 1996, and 11 months later found Warner-Robbins' phone number in her Bible. She called the chaplain, and the next day, stood before a Kiwanis club to tell her story and that of Welcome Home.
Platt has completed a drug-recovery program at Green Oak Ranch in Vista, is employed, writes music and plays the guitar, and visits other women in jail.

"Most of us have had an active addiction for more than 20 years. ... and our illegal activities have messed up more than a couple of lives," Platt admitted. "But with Welcome Home, we support each other and reach out to other women in the same situation and give them hope. Now I want to reach out and be there for someone and make a difference."