Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch
- Name: Pastor Rick
- Location: Seattle, Washington, United States
Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
"We're in this together!"
Judy was carrying the top secret shelter locations that have been put forward by the City in response to the homeless sweeps. The press is trumpeting that no one will be left out in the cold. Sure.
Well, there are those sad sack turnaways from St. Martin de Porres, Operation Nightwatch, and other shelter providers. Wish there was something to do for them. Oh well.
The "sweeps winners" will get first chance at shelter. People actually wanting to go inside for the night have to go to the end of the line.
Just remember, we're all in this together!
Just after Judy's great quote, the police came and started clearing Nickelsville. Many people simply moved to the parking lot, where it becomes a matter for the State of Washington.
Nickelsville has been given five days. Then what?
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Compass Center: $2 million for vets
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Letter to Seattle Post Intelligencer
"This new encampment is in a beautiful spot. There is a berm that keeps the place fairly hidden from view. There are no commercial or residential properties that will be adversely affected by the presence of people there. The new village will have security, a code of conduct, hygiene in the form of garbage collection and portable toilets. Residents will be able to leave their things during the day (unlike the shelters) and residents would also be able to sleep according to their own schedule, without the pre-dawn wake-up that happens in most shelters.
"It is time for the city to recognize that homeless people are in immediate personal risk and have a basic right to safety. Nickelsville may infuriate the powerful in our city, but people are going to die this winter without it."
We'll see what happens. The underlined sentence is straight out of the 10 Year Plan.
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The #23 bus from 3rd S. & S. Main Street, or 3rd & Union will get you across the street. Here's a link to the Metro #23 schedule.
Nickelsville is access from a little parking lot at the south east corner of West Marginal Way SW and Highland Park Drive SW -- the left tip of the triangle you see above.
Feel free to call or email for more instructions.
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Yesterday I got the alert that Nickelsville was starting up. I rounded up blankets, tarps and rope and wandered around a bit before spotting the news trucks in the little parking lot next to the encampment.
It was wonderful! Beautiful spot, far removed from any retail or residences, right on the #23 bus line at the southeast corner of Highland Park Dr. SW & West Marginal Way SW.
It's tough to see because it is surrounded by a berm. There's a sense of serenity about the spot.
Let's support it, eh?
Friday, September 19, 2008
'Tent city' encampments cropping up across nation
At Tent City I ran into someone who probably knew my grandmother 30 years ago. Sheesh. Small world.
On the way back to town we came upon situation on the freeway. A young guy had a piece of someone else's car fly off from the northbound lane and strike his car, disabling it. He was in total shock. I talked to the Washington State Patrol for him, trying to explain what had happened. Meanwhile, his friend showed up to lend assistance. AAA was called.
Two more stops, one downtown, one on Queen Anne. All good.
This work keeps things in perspective. The struggle for survival of a lending institution is not nearly as gripping as homeless people struggling with daily life.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
New York: shelter a right
I think behind everyone's mind is the current economic downturn. Will people maintain the "homeless people equals drug abuser/mentally ill" outlook in the coming year?
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Homeless art studio opens; why not here?
Labels: homeless art
Apparently, we're not the only ones.
According to research by the party, 6,204 people were recorded as having no fixed abode on discharge from hospital care in 2007, up from 4,048 in 2003." story here
And this one:
"Over recent weeks there has been a sustained, and possibly unprecedented, level of media interest in Auckland's homeless community." Yup, New Zealand. Here
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
A place to learn, no place to live
Monday, September 08, 2008
Socks and more
We (my brother from Alaska, Fr. Kim, and myself) hung out chatting with people. Folks are so interesting -- and as a survival strategy, TC3 is pretty good. I've never really paid much attention to the accoutrements of the tents themselves, but in giving my brother the tour, I realized that there is a level of sophistication among the campers that surpasses the term "camping."
We drove back into town, visited a bar -- I think I could have spent another hour chatting with friends here (despite the fact that this place can't keep bottled water on the shelf). So I pretty much went without. wah wah. Anyway, I met a musician dude who promised I could take guitar lessons from him, just have to figure out how to work 10 hours of practice and a lesson into my schedule. Maybe I can run my 25 miles a week with a guitar around my neck? THAT would be multi-tasking.
Here's the news:
"County pays homeless man $10,000 in civil suit." Apparently Marion County, Florida has a new panhandling law. Read the story here.
And then, homeless soccer teams: "Soccer gives the homeless a new goal"
Let me know what you think about things. Rick