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?

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