Sammamish supports Tent City 4

December 2, 2013

By Helen Wang

While there is generally strong support throughout Sammamish for Tent City 4, the sudden decision to host the camp near Skyline High School alarmed many parents in the area.

Most Skyline students welcome the change and many have contributed with donations and meals. Curious about the set-up of the traveling homeless encampment and wanting to make my own judgment, I decided to visit the site.

By Helen Wang Skyline High School

By Helen Wang
Skyline High School

Driving in, the first thing I noticed was that the donations and security tents, along with the general kitchen, washing and common areas, were separated from the actual campsite. As I stepped out of my car, I was greeted by a smiling volunteer who helped me unload donations and introduced me to the people working at the desk.

I asked for a tour of the encampment, to which the director kindly and enthusiastically obliged. The residents have a very organized system of self-management, including rules that all residents must follow in order to remain eligible to stay. As far as security goes, there is one entrance that is guarded at all times.

All in all, my short experience at Tent City 4 was positive and I look forward to doing more to help.

“I honestly believe that Tent City in Sammamish was the right choice,” Skyline senior Prabha Dublish said. “Sammamish prides itself on giving back to the community, and this is the perfect way to do so.”

 

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One Response to “Sammamish supports Tent City 4”

  1. GABRIELLA DUNCAN on December 15th, 2013 2:16 pm

    So much gratitude for this post! I am homeless and I have lived on the streets of Issaquah and Seattle area off and on as well as tent city. While I was there a documentary was made and I felt I have been given a tool to help change the way we view the homelessness. I was a high school teacher that taught music and poetry as well as community outreach and education. It always warms my heart when I hear or see of a young person putting forth the effort to learn about what it is. I live opendly homeless on face book and post daily things regarding the subject or regarding overcoming great obstacles, it also serves to calm the anxiety from living in this kind of fear. I just wanted to thank you and I hope to meet you someday. I would love to even visit your school and talk about homelessness and show you the film.

    Sincerely
    Gabriella Duncan

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