Greater Seattle Cares, a faith-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established in 2005 to provide a vehicle for local communities to connect with Tent City 3 for the provision of the residents’ daily needs and to facilitate their transition to independent living. To achieve this mission, we strive to:
- Build a network of caring individuals and community partners committed to enhancing the quality of life of the residents.
- Coordinate efforts to deliver meals, clothing and supplies to the residents.
- Communicate needs and advocate for Tent City 3 at community meetings and potential host sites.
- Collaborate with local organizations to develop opportunities for the residents to further their own development and self-sufficiency.
Greater Seattle Cares envisions a world without homelessness in which communities come together to promote a better quality of life for those in need.
- Respect for all Individuals recognizing that each person is created in the image of the Creator.
- Compassion expressed in partnering with our brothers and sisters who are living in tents in our city.
- Justice expressed in advocating for an end to homelessness.
- Empowerment expressed in the belief that investing in human potential gives one the capacity to excel and to shape one’s own path.
- Stewardship recognized in the responsible use and management of resources entrusted to our care.
Rev. Deacon Mary Gould, a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, became involved with Tent City 3 while they were being hosted by St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. She dreamed of an organization of people who wanted to stay connected to Tent City 3 and who would be able to respond to needs as they arose. It is from this dream that Greater Seattle Cares was born.