*Camp Second Date Update — And an Urgent Appeal!*

Dear Community:

So much good news at Camp Second Chance! Our contract with the City of Seattle was finalized on March 8 2017, and The City of Seattle will be giving Patacara $208,000 in 2017 to help us meet the camp’s three goals:

1. To provide a safe, ethical, compassionate community for people suffering from homelessness, so they can have a safe place to sleep tonight and safe place to leave their belongings tomorrow while they go to work or look for work.

2. To move camp residents up and out into indoor housing as quickly as possible.

3. To be ethical and kind neighbors to everyone in our neighborhood (housed or unhoused).

As of today, 34 people are living at the camp and we are taking in more every day. Our maximum capacity is 70.

We now have a Housing Case Manager, pest control, garbage and recycling service, and an expanded site. We will be installing a potable water cistern and city electricity

We only have one problem. We are short on money in order to meet our goals for April, and we need to raise $8,000 in private donations between now and April 15. The city contract, while generous, does not meet 100% of our needs, and mandates that we supplement the contract with additional fundraising in the community. So far in 2017, community members like you have generously donated $19,000. A special donor also provided Patacara with a $10,000 private loan for start up funds. We are still short of our fundraising goal and really, really, really, REALLY need your support this week.

If you could be with me at camp as we welcome these new guests coming in, you would understand why this work is so important, and how much of an impact your gift this week will make. One elder, sitting on his walker, gazed out at the treeline and said to me, “Young lady, thank you. I had forgotten what it feels like to be in a peaceful place.” Camp Second Chance is a sanctuary of kindness in a world of suffering. We need you now to do our best possible work this month, and for the remainder of 2017. Please give generously today.

Best wishes,

Polly
Please donate to Patacara today so to reach our goal of $8,000 by April 15!

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Right now, we need your help to make the most of an exciting opportunity to partner with the City of Seattle and Camp Second Chance to expand and improve what is already the best encampment in the region.

We need to raise $15,000 by March 1. Can you help us?

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Patacara was founded to cultivate and empower grassroots projects responding to arising needs. We practice  “Bearing Witness”, a service concept driven by compassionate listening and mindfulness. When we bear witness to oppressed communities, we commit to helping them find their own solutions in love and solidarity.

I am writing this letter to invite you to support Camp Second Chance, a group of amazing individuals creating their own community. The City of Seattle is contracting with us to manage the camp, and donating $208,000 in 2017 towards the well being of the camp and its residents.

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The City of Seattle is going to reimburse us for important services we provide. However, our contract requires us to raise the first month’s operating expenses up front, from private donors.  We have a unique opportunity to expand the number of people we serve, improve the public health facilities of the camp, and to continue to move people quickly and effectively into secure housing that works for them by partnering with the city of Seattle.

I have worked with people struggling with the trauma of homelessness for 16 years. The most important thing I have learned in those years is that people can and will find their own solutions if they are given the resources they need in a supportive, compassionate community.

We have already proven this model works. Now we expand.

Camp Second Chance, a self-governing clean and sober encampment, was created by its residents in April 2016.

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Thanks to our new contract with the City of Seattle, in 2017 we will be able to increase the number of residents and and add electricity, garbage dumpsters, water, showers, pest control, improved facilities, tiny houses, and raised bed gardens. Our encampment is already unique in its commitment to democratic governance. Here are the goals of our camp:

 

  • To provide people with a safe place to sleep at night and a safe place to leave their possessions during the day while they work and look for housing.
  • To help people move up and out of homelessness as quickly as possible.
  • To create an ethical, kind, compassionate community for people suffering from the trauma of homelessness.
  • To be good neighbors and good stewards of the land, working in partnership with our housed neighbors to create a safer and more just neighborhood.

 

Many of you are already supporting this camp and its residents. Thank you for all you are doing to make our county more compassionate. By donating today, you can help us take an enormous step forward towards our goal of ensuring that every single person in our region has a safe place to sleep where they are treated like a human being, with kindness and respect. We are shifting the paradigm on how encampments are run and how encampment residents are treated.

Thanks to the City of Seattle and a few major donors, we have already begun site improvements We can achieve the next phase of our vision with $15,000 in seed money by March 1. The City will reimburse us, but we need the first month’s expenses up front from private donors in order to have healthy cash flow for the duration of the project. Private donors like you have invested $4,000, with an additional $10,000 in a loan. We need another $15,000.

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I am calling on you, again, for financial support and volunteers. You can review the list of volunteer opportunities or donate directly on the Patacara website at patacara.org

Any additional funds raised will go to:

  • $5,000 for capacity building and development.
  • $20,000 for supplies for 50 tiny houses.
  • $1,000 for raised beds and gardening supplies.

If all of the people receiving this email donated 20 dollars, we would surpass our campaign goal.

By giving today, you can help us partner with the City of Seattle by giving people a safe place to sleep tonight, and a safe place to leave their belongings tomorrow, while they find safe and appropriate housing. By giving today,  you nurture the beloved community — a community that centers kindness, respect, dignity, self-determination, and democratic governance.

Thank you for your generosity.

Best wishes,

 

Polly Trout

Founder and Director

Patacara Community Services

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