Volunteers Needed for Homeless Tent Camp

The Kitsap Sun has followed efforts of advocates for the homeless to establish temporary shelters in Kitsap County. One of the proposals, a tent camp on property of the Bremerton Salvation Army, is shortly to come to fruition.

The camp, to house families with children in 10 4-person tents, is set to open Jan. 12. The camp will be screened from view, and volunteer gatekeepers will monitor who goes in and out. Volunteers will take shifts to provide ’round the clock supervision of the camp, both to ensure the safety of those living there, and to make sure the camp runs in an orderly way, organizers say.

A volunteer training is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Salvation Army in Bremerton, 832 Sixth St.

Sally Santana, one of those involved in helping organize the camp, sent the following release, requesting volunteers. A background screening is required. The camp is to run for six months. They are looking to fill six four-hour shifts of two people per day. Volunteers can take more than one shift.

Here are the details from Sally:

The Salvation Army is recruiting for volunteers to serve at “Sally’s Camp”, it’s temporary tent camp for homeless families. It is due to run for six months only, beginning from the day it opens. We anticipate opening Wednesday, January 12.
We are looking to fill six four-hour shifts of two people per day, for a total of 24 people. More than one shift can be taken by a volunteer if they so choose.
Each person will need to:
1. Be at least 18 years of age.
2. Pass a criminal history background check with no convictions.
3. Complete The Salvation Army’s Child Safety Training program, which will be administered on Thursday, January 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Salvation Army in Bremerton, 832 Sixth St.
4. Read and sign TSA’s Code of Ethics form.
4. The Camp Coordinator will also be at this meeting and give you the overview of your duties as “Gatekeepers”, ensuring the safety and security of the families inside the camp. Any questions you may have will be answered at this time.
We will open camp when we have one month of volunteer time scheduled.
For scheduling purposes, it would be very helpful if you could schedule out a block of time to volunteer. For example, 4 am to 8 am, Saturdays, in April. Or 6 pm to 10 pm, Monday thru Friday, for a week. We will, however, be very grateful for any amount of time you can give.
If you plan on attending, please rsvp to me (sally.santana@wavecable.com) as soon as possible so we have sufficient materials available.
Please forward this out.
Thank you so very much for your compassionate heart.

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