June 21, 2011
Tent City 4’s return is opportunity for generosity
Tent City 4’s return is an opportunity for generosity
The last time Tent City 4 settled in Issaquah, residents at the homeless encampment called Issaquah the most-welcoming city on the Eastside.
Indeed, Issaquah is among the friendliest cities to Tent City 4 — a fact Community Church of Issaquah members showed June 19 by voting to host the camp again.
Community Church of Issaquah last hosted Tent City 4 in late 2007 and early 2010. Now, the camp is due to put down roots in the church’s parking lot amid the October chill.
In the past, after Tent City 4 landed in Issaquah, residents offered donations of clothing, food, money and, perhaps most importantly, time and hard work to make the stay a success.
Though the arrival is still months away, now is not too early to learn about Tent City 4 and consider donating to the camp.
Organizers need everyday items to keep the camp running: tarps and ropes to keep autumn rains at bay, for instance, plus blankets and clothing for residents.
The camp is always searching for groups to prepare and serve hot meals to residents.
Monetary donations help the camp, too. The nonprofit organization SHARE/WHEEL provides bus passes, portable toilets and garbage pickup for the camp.
Or, consider donating some elbow grease on moving day. Tent City 4 requires dozens of volunteers to relocate and set up the campsite.
Tent City 4’s arrival also presents a critical opportunity to educate Issaquah residents about the homeless people in the community and elsewhere.
The camp is open to visitors. Issaquah residents should take the opportunity to experience the welcoming environment at Tent City 4 firsthand.
Reporters from The Issaquah Press spent a cold, damp night at the camp in January 2010. Tent City 4 residents recounted stories about falling on hard luck amid a dismal economy, and talked about how the homeless encampment offered a priceless resource as they searched for jobs and permanent housing.
The camp brings out the best in Issaquah residents’ generosity. Community volunteers make the success of Tent City 4 possible.