On Tuesday July 7th, the residents of Tent City 3 (TC3) will break camp in Skyway, and will return to Saint Mark’s Cathedral’s lower south parking lot after a seven-year hiatus.
The vestry unanimously authorized this move at its meeting last week, and cathedral staff members have been diligently working out details in recent days to accommodate this important ministry, which serves about 100 residents who live in community with core values and mutual support.
Across the 13 years Saint Mark’s hosted Tent City (2001-2013) we have found that the TC3 covenant serves its residents and the cathedral and surrounding neighbors very well.
I am delighted the leaders of SHARE/WHEEL reached out to me last week, inquiring of the possibility. Since 2014, we have offered the campus during summer months, except during the recent Living Stones construction project (2016-2017). TC3 has had other locations available to them in recent summers, but their current situation is requiring a change. So next week we will resume a ministry that has been very important in the life of this cathedral community.