Originally posted at Amos House Community:

Thanks to all who have been actively supporting the residents at Tent City through e-mails, prayers, and donations. There is another opportunity to show support Thursday, June 3rd at Living Word Community Church on Hickory Hollow Pkwy at 6:30pm. We encourage you to attend as peaceful and supportive witnesses to the gospel and to the human rights and civil rights of our marginalized brothers and sisters. A group of us will be meeting in the parking lot of Woodbine Presbyterian Church on Nolensville Rd. at 5:45pm to pray and carpool to the meeting. We’re unsure as to how the meeting will unfold, but we’re prepared for there to be some hateful words spoken. We hope to see you at Woodbine or later at “Living Word”. If you are unable to attend, please pray with us as we continue on the journey.

Also, below is the list of items we still need:

  • Pots and Pans
  • Propane
  • Long candle sticks
  • Flashlights and Batteries
  • All Day Bus Passes
  • Camping Chairs
  • Utensils, Plates and Cups
  • Ice (one time and daily deliveries)
  • Host a Meal (coordinate through ingrid.mcintyre@gmail.com)
  • Hair Cuts, Shaves & Foot Care/Pedicures (coordinate throughingrid.mcintyre@gmail.com)
  • ***Make 2 Shower Facilities (that don’t require running water)***
  • Laundry

We are asking that most donations be coordinated through Doug Sanders (doug@ottercreek.org) and Amos House because we’ve heard rumors that a couple of people at the camp have been hoarding donations and possibly selling a couple of things. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but we know who has what and where there are needs. Small things like candles, ice, food, and toiletries are fine to be taken out there and left in the donations tent. But we are storing the bigger donations and giving them out daily as there is need… just something to consider.

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**this originally posted by lindsey at amos house community.

Last Tuesday, the Red Cross shelter at Lipscomb closed down leaving over 50 homeless flood victims scrambling for a place to go. Some were able to afford a week’s rent at a cheap hotel, others were welcomed into churches for a week (thanks to Woodbine Presbyterian, McKendree United Methodist, and Belmont United Methodist!). But after a week of temporary fixes, our friends were, again, left with no place to lay their heads. So yesterday, several of us sent buses and vans out to all of the churches and hotels and brought everyone to Otter Creek Church. We served lunch and then announced that we had found a temporary site for Tent City. Thanks to one of Doug Sanders’ contacts, 2-3 acres of land in the Hickory Hollow area was donated.

We are thankful to have a safe place to take people to while they are transitioning from the streets to housing, but this temporary spot we’ve found is not ideal. We desperately need land in the city where people are able to find work and access vital services. We’re still waiting to hear back from a couple of pieces of land in the city, but there are no guarantees and for the time being, we are in limbo. There’s a lot of work to be done to make this land livable and we welcome anyone with weed eaters to come help us! This new site will be more structured than the old Tent City. The 30 individuals that went to camp there last night were all asked to sign a list of “Community Rules” that included adherence to all civil laws, no drinking outside one’s dwelling place, no violence or destruction of property, and a high level of responsibility for one another and the cleanliness of the camp.

If groups are interested in serving meals, especially dinner, at the new location, please contact Ingrid at ingrid.mcintyre@gmail.com so we can coordinate. While most of the major needs of those camping were met through various donation drives, we’ll be posting other smaller needs as they come up. For instance, right now, we still need more bug spray and cooking items suitable for campfires. If you have those items and want to bring them out, just e-mail us at amoshousemercyfund@gmail.com or Doug Sanders at doug@ottercreek.org. Make sure that you check out the new issue of The Contributor which hits the streets today for more on Tent City and other encampments. Also, if you’re interested, here’s a link to the recent City Paper article about Tent City.

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2 acres for 2 months

May 8, 2010

Channel 4 news did a nice story highlighting some of the purpose and tragedy of tent city. As it stands now, the Cumberland River did a number to the Tent City site. It is now considered a condemned hazardous site that you need full hepatitis shots and haz-mat suits to go into. We won’t be […]

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the Joy-FM in Tampa Holding Drive

May 8, 2010

The JOY FM in Tampa, FL is holding a drive to collect items for the residents of Tent City in support of SaveTentCity.  They will be at Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Brandon, FL on Thursday, May 13th, from 3-7pm.  See details here.

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Download Poster : Become a Drop Site

May 4, 2010

Here is our psuedo official Drop Site Poster (if you make up your own, we won’t be bothered). It has some fancy graphic stuff I put together and leaves a bunch of room at the bottom to draw arrows or write your own directions of where to drop items. If you wish to become a […]

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Ted’s Home is Gone

May 3, 2010

Stone Soup Productions has a number of videos of the many residents who have called Tent City home for a period of time. Here is Ted, who no longer has his dwelling at Tent City.

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What Happened

May 3, 2010

It is hard to fathom all that has & is happening to Nashville. Some of the “deeper” reflections

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What Was

May 3, 2010

This is a pic I took from middle of March when I was down at Tent City. All the homes in the area are now gone, which totaled around 85 tents. When the waters recede our homeless population, and new homeless individuals, will be using Tent City for emergency housing.

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The Residents of Tent City Need Our Help!

May 3, 2010

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard about the unreal amounts of rain that affected Middle Tennessee.  One- and Two-day rain totals were broken as well as the record for the month of May.  In only two days, we had a higher rain total than in any previous month of May.  This has resulted in catastrophic flooding throughout the greater […]

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