there is a front page story on the work party at Nickelsville this weekend.. but i wanted to add a note here.
I personally don't think that Nickelsville will be in it's current location long, but as long as they are, residents need to be able to keep their personal possessions and paperwork dry.
the big work party this weekend is an attempt to get every tent up on the concrete blocks that the city provided so that if the water backup overwhelms the sump pumps the camp will flood out but the residents will remain dry.
this will also reduce rat habitat under the tent platforms.
as of yesterday, their needs list included
yard waste size and strength garbage bags to bag up resident's possessions while their tent is taken down and put back up...
nails.. in the past i have bought what i think are roofing nails with the corkscrew ridges.. they hold better..
I have been asked in the past about donations to Nickelsville..
right now they are getting enough food and the meal calendar is working
and they have an abundance of clothing
but... they do need the materials to rebuild the camp so that residents are flood safe..
and they could really use another generator. They have cannibalized pumps that wear out to repair others as they break down, but they wear out quickly in this weather when they are run continuously.
i will try to update their needs list this evening after i have talked with people at camp
but someone else will have to do so this weekend as i won't be available..
Whether you think they should be there or not
this work party is a good thing...
Nickelsville has received more support since they were flooded out the first time
but the rain keeps coming down
part of what was lost in those floods is the kind of personal paperwork that allows people to get both assistance and work...
and it is just now being replaced.
homeless people without personal papers have nowhere to go but our streets.
the slogan is Without Shelter People Die
it is also the reality