Street Stories

Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Eve

 It’s a time of preparation for Turkey Day, but on this rainy Thanksgiving Eve, Camp United We Stand is suffering. They moved to their current location at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Shoreline, Washington on Saturday November 18.

It’s a small camp – 30 people roughly. Of these many are profoundly disabled – older folks, and people with mobility issues. It seems like it would be an easy thing to pack up your gear and move. Despite the reduced belongings, this is an ordeal – bedding, tent, clothes and other belongings. Each tent sits on top of several wooden pallets, with plywood nailed on top of that. There were multiple trips to the dump. Some of the people could barely do anything to help with camp move. And there weren’t any volunteers from the community there to help.

Meanwhile, I heard that 300 Seattle Pacific University students were signed up to assist Tent City 3 with their move on the same day.

One good thing. I’ve heard rumors that St. Dunstan’s will allow for a 90-day extension. The camp can stay put for six months this time, not just three months.

Any Shoreline-area churches interested in hosting the camp starting in May, 2018? 

Monday, November 13, 2017


Friday night was momentous. We finally were able to open our new shelter, located at the University Friends Meeting.

Things on the weekend started slow. It's a long bus ride. People weren't sure where to go. But it will pick up and soon we will be at capacity. We have room for 40 while we wait for the new bunk beds to be delivered. This will increase the capacity to 50 - the max for this space. Any more people than this and you have to install sprinklers and other things.

We are so thankful to be able to provide this space. Most the costs are being born by Nightwatch, so if you can help us out - any amount - it would be great. click here to donate