Mission & History

Tent City 3 bike outside tent, by Ilona Berzups

Our Mission

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.

Our Values

  • 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.

Our History

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.