UPDATE (Aug 27, 2017): This was my last post before departing to work for another organization, six months ago. I’ll be updating about my current mission in posts to come.
Rumblecrash operations are expanding and coming into focus. Here is a photo update on our three kinds of work:
- Delivering meals to homeless encampments with a “field kitchen,”
- Garbage collection at unauthorized encampments (with Mark Lloyd and Seattle Camp Stewards), and,
- Developing styrofoam dwellings (designed by Brother Christopher at Camp United We Stand) to replace tents in authorized encampments.
1) Field Kitchen, 3 versions
For version 1, I grabbed the camping equipment that was in the house and ran out the door with a bag of oatmeal.
In version 2, the basic Coleman camp stove provides good heat and some protection from the wind. Milk crates are vital equipment for transport!
Here’s version 3, with the complete oatmeal setup, including butter, brown sugar, raisins, yogurt, and milk. On a cold, rainy day, nothing’s better than hot, sweet oatmeal! I also serve beef soup over mashed potatoes, which is extremely popular.
2) Garbage Collection
Mark Lloyd (second from left) organizes work parties to clean up trash at Camp Dearborn and other unauthorized encampments. The idea is to fend off “sweeps” by the City which would eject campers from their temporary homes. Mark drops off rakes, shovels, garbage bags, and plastic barrels so the residents can keep the place clean. Seattle Camp Stewards Facebook Group.
Mark Lloyd transporting some of the day’s haul. A good cart is an invaluable tool for cleaning up a large site.
The result of a day’s work. The City of Seattle has agreed to pick up collected garbage at Camp Dearborn. So far, they’ve come through!
Camp Dearborn, looking better and better. There’s still a long way to go, but some progress has been made cleaning up the site.
3) Styrofoam Houses
Here is Brother Christopher constructing the prototype BOB (Built on Blessings) house using 4×8 sheets of rigid foam insulation. His design uses large nails to “stitch” the panels together. The nails are covered with Gorilla Tape to bind the panels and to prevent moisture seeping through the nail holes.
Brother Christopher contemplates his creation. The idea for the BOB (Built on Blessings) house came to Brother Christopher while he was living outside in California. He saw that people on the street need a private, warm, portable dwelling. He conceived the idea that rigid foam insulation board could be the right material to use.
The BOB house is light enough to be moved by a few people. Using a sling fashioned of plastic garbage bags, the completed prototype of a BOB house is carried from the community tent to be set up for an individual camper.
More to come!