A homeless woman in Lawrence looks to the river for comfort, hope
Alcohol has played a large role in Lee Doucette’s life. She is 49 and first became homeless around a decade ago. Early last winter, she says, she lost her ride to her landscaping job, and then her apartment, and showed up under the Central Bridge in downtown Lawrence. But preferring to live alone, she drifted to a spot above the Merrimack River, where she set up a tent, complete with a mattress, battery-powered lights, and Nora Roberts paperback novels.