Tent City 4 needs help to prepare, serve holiday season meals

December 7, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 p.m. Dec. 7, 2011

Tent City 4 organizers need a hand to prepare and serve meals at the homeless encampment.

Elizabeth Maupin, Issaquah Sammamish Interfaith Coalition coordinator and Tent City 4 organizer, asked for volunteers for Dec. 26 and 31.

Maupin and Earle Jones plan to coordinate the Dec. 31 meal. In order to complete the process, Maupin and Jones need a half dozen or so volunteers to help. Contact Maupin at elimaupin@gmail.com to volunteer for either meal or to ask questions.

Organizers offer answers to frequently asked questions about serving meals at the campsite on the Tent City 4 website. The team also uses a frequently updated online calendar to track meals for Tent City 4.

Groups serving meals to Tent City 4 residents include faith organizations, families, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and more.

Tent City 4 also put together a wish list of needed items for the holiday season.

Residents settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot Oct. 21. The encampment — home to up to 100 homeless adults — is due to remain on the site until Jan. 21 before relocating to another Eastside house of worship.

The campsite features 24-hour security. Organizers conduct warrant and convicted sex offender checks on potential Tent City 4 residents, and do not admit offenders. The camp bans alcohol, drugs and guns from the premises.

Most residents depart the encampment during the day and head to jobs or to search for employment.

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