Tent City 4

Now located at:
High Point Interchange off of I-90 at Exit 20
Snoqualmie Pkwy & Jacoby Exit

Tent City 4 needs your help! The generosity of our community is essential for the 100 residents of Tent City 4 to work themselves out of homelessness and into being contributing members of society. 
 

HOW TO CONNECT

  1. Bring them a meal.  Check this calendar for open dates.
  2. Once you've found an open date, send an email to Mandi at tc4meals@gmail.com requesting that time. She'll confirm your request. 
  3. Donate other food supplies – Coffee, tea, cream, sugar, canned & packaged items can be delivered to the camp at any time.
  4. Donate non-food supplies – We are in need for tents, tarps, flashlights and AAA-batteries, can be dropped off directly at camp any time.

Please don't show up unannounced with meals. 

 

If you have any questions, please email Kathi at Kathi.Rowley@mqp.org

 

What is Tent City 4?

Tent City 4 is an encampment of up to 100 homeless adults that live as a community on various church grounds around the Eastside for periods of 90 days at a time.  The community consists of homeless or formerly homeless individuals and offers an extraordinary opportunity for residents to get off the streets and live in a community that offers safety, a sense of fellowship and community, and some of the basic necessities such as food and sanitation, including showers. Tent City 4 was started in 2004 and is in part supported by SHARE/WHEEL. This organization works with Tent City 4 to secure locations to live and their budget contribution covers some basic costs such as sanitation, refuse pick up, and bus pass allocation as many of the residents need access to transportation for jobs and services.
 

 

What is involved in serving a meal to TC4 residents?

  • A fully prepared dinner every evening is our goal. The residents like all sorts of food and a balanced meal is perfect.  Additional focus should be to have plenty of protein. The camp is limited to 100 residents but is sometime less.  Planning on 100 is a safe plan.

  • Bring your meal hot and ready to serve as we will be serving outdoors and will not have access to the kitchen or dining hall.
  • Some of the TC4 residents have dental and gum issues, so nuts and raw vegetables are not easy for them to eat. Cooked vegetables and green salads are always welcome.
  • Please bring disposable plates, cups, napkins and cutlery. Bring serving utensils and don’t forget to take them home with you.
  • Milk and juice are good choices for drinks. Usually 3 gallons of each is sufficient. The camp has coffee available 24/7.
  • Serving time is at 6 p.m. nightly.  On Thursdays there is an all-camp meeting at 7 p.m., so it is particularly important to serve dinner promptly that night.
  • Groups of all sizes are welcome to serve. If only one person is bringing all the food, there will be plenty of TC4 residents that are willing to help.
  • You are encouraged to join the residents for dinner. We want you to be seen as partners with the residents as they work toward getting back on their feet.
  • Several days before you are scheduled to serve a meal you may contact the camp at 206-618-3901 to get specific resident counts, though using 100 is safe. Plan for every resident, your group and a few extras.  This may be the only hot meal the residents will have so plan on generous portion sizes. If there are leftovers they will not go to waste.
  • TC4 residents will help with set up and clean up.
  • Some residents may miss dinner due to work or other scheduling conflicts. Please bring containers for leftovers, such as Ziploc bags, takeout containers, or disposable foil pans.
  • Encourage your group to also do a pantry raid or collect some  of the Camp supplies to drop off when they serve the meal.  Works great for those who cannot attend.
  • If you are running late, cannot find the church, or have a last minute question, please call the TC4 camp at 206-618-3901.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT