Next weekend, from June 11th to August 6th, St. Joseph Campus will welcome Tent City, to be located in the parking lot area of the school and church.
This will be the third time St. Joseph has hosted Tent City. If interested in volunteering or helping out, there will be sign up sheets for volunteers and items needed for hosting events throughout their stay located in the church vestibule. You do not have to be a member of the Parish to help out, and all are welcome.
The church and members of the community hope to offer fun and hospitality to the tent city guests and have opportunities for parishioners and neighbors to get to know tent city residents.
The Parish Ad Hoc Committee has planned the following events for June and everyone in the neighborhood is welcome:
Saturday, June 11th – Move In Day – sack lunches and Welcome Meal for TC3 residents
Thursday, June 16th, 7 pm – Ice Cream Social – TC3 residents, parishioners and neighbors for sundaes, tours, and face painting for kids and visiting. (This is a great opportunity to tour Tent City and really see what this is all about. I went last time and took my kids and we’re all glad we got to meet these folks who will live among us for the next 2 months.)
Thursday, June 30th, 7 pm – Open Mike – Informal talent/stories and popcorn – TC3 and parishioners and neighbors.
Welcoming Tent City to St. Joseph’s is an extension of their goal of service to the community.
At a meeting on May 31 at the Parish Center, representatives from Tent City told the attendees more about their program. They are a community of up to 100 people of homeless men and women who’ve joined together to try to solve the problem of their homelessness. Said one resident, “Since I started living in Tent City, I have moved over 60 times, and St. Joseph’s has been one of the most welcoming places I’ve stayed.”
If there’s a problem with anyone or anything at Tent City, you’re urged to call SHARE/WHEEL at 206-448-7889, or St. Joseph’s Parish at 206-965-1646 or Clay Thompson at the City’s Code Compliance office at 206-684-7794.