Monday, August 29, 2016

What's New with GSC

Here are the current locations of the camps we formally support and some needs that we are aware of.
Please remember when the weather gets hot, that all the camps can use ice.

Tent City 3 (TC3)
St. Josephs Parish
732 18th Ave E., Seattle, WA 98112

TC3 is moving this weekend to “The George”, which used to be St. George’s Episcopal Church at 2212 NE 125th St, Seattle, WA 98125.  Come help out with the move, at either end. Pick-up trucks, bottled water and willing hands all gratefully welcomed!

TC3 is asking for tents, printer paper and #63 cartridges for their HP inkjet printer. They can always use disposable items like garbage bags as well.

Camp Unity Eastside (CUE)
Carol Edwards Center
17401 133rd Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

The camp is doing well and will stay at the Carol Edwards Center until November 9.

They have been growing beautiful vegetables for the camp to use.

The Woodinville YMCA has been very supportive of CUE during their stay. They have been soliciting donations on their behalf and have been allowing the campers to use their showers.

United We Stand (UWS)

Richmond Beach Congregational United Church of Christ
1512 Northwest 195th St. Shoreline, WA 98177

UWS has a new camp phone provided by GSC.  You can reach the camp at (206) 637-1052.

Camp Second Chance

Camp Second Chance is currently at an unpermitted site on public land known as Meyer’s Parcels
9625 Myers Way S. Seattle, WA 98108

Due to a series of circumstances, including this camp’s distance from GSC’s base of operations in North Seattle, GSC is no longer able to formally support this camp. However, Camp Second Chance is being supported by Patacara Community Services, a non-profit organization that also supports Camp Liberty.

Other Topics of Interest
  • Fall is quickly approaching, and all the camps will need new tents.  Tents typically last a year or less as most are not designed to be used 365 days a year. There is a sense of urgency to procure tents before the fall rains and cold weather starts.
GSC, with grant money received from the Fales foundation will be purchasing as many tents as possible.  A typical two-person tent can cost $80 to $100 and we have funds earmarked for about 25 tents. Let us know if you know of any resources for procuring sturdy tents or if you know of a group that would like to make project of raising funds for tents.  Some of the camps have needs for larger tents or even the tent carports.
  • We recently made contact with the Lyons organization regarding their program for supplying eye glasses for people who cannot afford them.We hope to set up a visit to TC3 in the near future.
If you would like more details on any of these topics please contact and we will respond.
While homelessness continues to grow in our area, we are heartened to meet so many people who care and who are willing to give their time and talent to do what they can to help.

Thank you all, and thank you for caring about the camps. :)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tent City 3 is moving!

Tent City 3 is moving, August 27, 2016, from St. Joseph's on Capitol Hill, to George Center for Community on 125th Street.

They're going to need help! Call 206-448-7889 or 206-399-0412 for more information or to volunteer. They may be starting to move stuff on Friday, August 26.

Friday, August 12, 2016

You don't need a home to vote.

I'm not sure this really needs explanation.

You don't need a home to vote.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Tent City 3, upcoming move

Tent City 3 is moving on June 18!

 to St. Joseph's Catholic Parish on Capitol Hill (19th & Aloha).

Moving is one of the hardest things any camp has to do, and the larger it is, the harder it is. Moving is also expensive. Greater Seattle Cares is covering the cost of truck rental for 2 days, up to $500, instead of covering other move supplies (Tent City 3 requested this).

At the Tent City hosting committee meeting at St. Joseph's, Tent City 3 folks asked donors to give them Home Depot gift cards to help cover the cost of other move supplies. People interested in this should call Marvin Futrell, the Tent City Organizer, at 206-448-7889.

They're also going to need help Friday and Saturday at St. Joseph's, so call and volunteer.

Those who'd like to help Greater Seattle Cares can donate to us!

Monday, May 16, 2016

What’s New with GSC?

Hello to all supporters of Puget Sound’s Tent Encampments!

Here’s a quick update on the requests and needs from the Tent Encampments supported by Greater Seattle Cares. If you can donate any of these items, please contact the camp directly – thank you!

Tent City 3 (TC3) 206/399-0412 
University Congregational United Church of Christ 
4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 
TC3 is currently depending on gasoline-powered generators for power and is periodically in need of gasoline.

Camp Unity Eastside 425/652-9170
Blessed Theresa of Calcutta Catholic Church 
17856 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, Woodinville, WA 98077 

CUE’s current location does not have power, so they are in need of propane. 

United We Stand (UWS) 206/578-7134 
Haller Lake UMC 
13005 1st Ave NE Seattle WA 98125 
The camp has Richmond Beach Congregational lined up as their next host for July – September, but only if they can line up a host for after their stay in Richmond Beach. Do we have any suggestions of churches they could contact regarding a place to stay in the fall?

Camp Second Chance through Grace 206/578-6551 
Riverton Park United Methodist Church 
 3118 S 140th St, Seattle, WA 98168
Camp SCTG needs to find a host soon, as they must leave their current location in mid-June. Their support network is in the south end so a south-end host would be ideal.

GSC Board 
Our board recently said good-bye to Jenny Coss and Elizabeth Fenn. We are very grateful to both for their many years of service. Elizabeth Fenn will be focusing on her work with Operation Night Wath and will remain active in GSC as our camp liaison to Camp Unity Eastside. Jenny and her husband are moving back to the Midwest to be near family, and we know that with her big heart, she will remain active working on the issues surrounding homelessness.

GSC participated in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG online fundraising event in May and raised $2130. Thanks to all who donated! 
We are still waiting to hear back from the Fales Foundation on our grant request to fund replacement tents for TC3, CUE, and UWS.

MTI Van 
The MTI mobile dental clinic will be at Tent City 3 on May 14th. We will send the word out as soon as we have the next van scheduled – hopefully in June.

Check out our website’s new page for Camp Second Chance through Grace!  

We are active on Facebook so please like and share our posts. 

Other Topics of Interest 
  • With the closure of the Aloha Motel there is a huge concern about where the camps will be able to wash blankets. Washing blankets every two weeks is a sanitary measure required by the Health Department. Can you think of any facilities that might be willing to assist at little or no cost? Big camps need to wash about 200 blankets per week. 
  • Tent City 5 apparently has some raised garden beds and asked for assistance with getting vegetable plant starts. We were able to glean some starts from Seattle Tilth, which had many remaining after their spring plant sales. 
If you would like more detail on any of these topics please contact us at

Homelessness continues to grow in our area and there are many challenges, but working together, we can make things better. 

Thank you for caring about the residents of Puget Sound’s homeless encampments.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thank you for Giving BIG!

A big thank you to everyone who Gave BIG yesterday (and the day before)!

Greater Seattle Cares raised $2,130!

Seven donors contributed, and we met our matching grant challenge.

With this financial support, GSC is better able to supply area homeless encampments with needed tents, tarps, clothing, food, and dental care, as well as respond to emergency needs.


 If you were unable to donate via GiveBIG, you can still donate now.

And if you haven't visited an encampment recently, we encourage you to stop by sometime and ask for a tour.
Here is a list of current camp locations.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Amazon gives Mary's Place a place... for a while.

The Seattle Times ran this story on April 13.

The story: "The tech giant will let Mary’s Place, a nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless women and their families, run a shelter housing more than 200 people for a year in a former Travelodge that it bought as part of its downtown Seattle expansion."

Amazon purchased a number of properties downtown as part of its expansion project. Some of these properties aren't scheduled for demolition or construction for years yet, and Amazon is making this one available to Mary's Place for about a year. When the year is over, there's another property right across the street they're planning to let them use for another span of time.

Other businesses have chipped in to help the project.

Read the rest of the story at the Seattle Times.