Camp United We Stand is an independent homeless encampment in our community, hosted at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St., in Shoreline. There are about 35 people living in tents on the church grounds. They are a “clean and sober” camp. The campers pay dues each month. The camp is well-organized, with someone on watch 24 hours a day.
All of the people in the camp are poor, with very little income, and many of them are disabled in one way or another. They are staying at the camp to have some measure of stability and safety while they try to solve the problems that have disrupted their lives.
Here are some photos of the camp, during the middle of the day when most of the residents are at work:
An independent homeless encampment is a do-it-yourself social service agency. People arrive at the camp with no money and very little in the way of personal belongings. One of the functions of the camp is to provide basic needs for people who have nothing. The organizers of the camp – people who are homeless themselves – need our help to provide for the campers.
If you have anything on this list that you want to give, or if you’d like to provide money to meet these needs, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific instructions. (I can pick stuff up!)
Clothing & Personal
- Men’s long underwear (size M-XL)
- Women’s and men’s jeans, pants, sweats, etc. (lower-body clothing)
- Hoodies and sweatshirts, hood preferred.
- Boots – Women: 7-10, Men: 9-13
- Men’s boxer briefs (size S-L)
- Umbrellas, personal and big size
- Men’s deodorant, stick kind
- Tampons and pads
- Warm blankets & comforters: full & queen sizes (No sheets, please.)
- Towels for showering
- Air mattresses: full or queen sizes
Supplies & Equipment
- Batteries (AAA & AA)
- Battery-operated flashlights, lanterns, and light fixtures
- Light bulbs, 60 watts or higher
- Hand sanitizer
- Hand warmers
- Shelving unit for storage tent
» See also: Camp Second Chance