Tent City #3 at Calvin Presbyterian

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tent City 2008, Prince of Peace Church
Tent City #3 finished its visit at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on NE 145th in Briarcrest and moved to Calvin Presbyterian Church in Richmond Highlands.  Patty Price reports on her visit to the Calvin site.

By Patty Price

I made a new discovery recently. Right here in Shoreline. Tent City #3

It was because the Shoreline Senior Center donated a lot of clothes after their big sale, that a friend in the area took me there and I was instantly intrigued. So now I am going to share, little by little, what I have and will be learning about this unique method of having a safe, somewhat comfortable place to stay for the many, many homeless who cannot stay in “traditional” places (Union Gospel Mission for one) because they are all FULL and have waiting lists.

Tent City #3 is being hosted by Calvin Presbyterian Church at 185th and 3rd NW on the hill to the south of the church, their second visit after coming from their second stay at Prince of Peace Lutheran.

An elder of the church who made a visit said “our hosting these people has been a real blessing to our church”.

Living in camping tents, with wood pallets as flooring and tarps covering anything needing cover, they have a very secure situation with two gatekeepers every day for 24 hours a day. There are firm rules and meetings of the group every week to discuss any and all situations. They even have a unique shower “room.” I have been invited to be a guest overnight – we shall see. But I will “report” on the value of this idea to help you support their temporary lifestyle.

By the way, Roger told me they need camping tents, wood pallets, and tarps as well as men's jeans, and socks. These can be dropped off directly to Tent City.  Call me if you have a question. Patty P. 206-546-6717.


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