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James


Seattle’s homeless encampment (dubbed “Nickelsville” after Seattle’s mayor) is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Sure, it’s a tent city. But it is also a community in every sense of the word. But, unlike most […]

James

Seattle’s homeless encampment (dubbed “Nickelsville” after Seattle’s mayor) is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Sure, it’s a tent city. But it is also a community in every sense of the word. But, unlike most communities, Nickelsville is at the mercy of the city of Seattle. Already this year, Nickelsville has been bulldozed seven times and forced to relocate. When I was there, they had been in the same location for ten days straight (a record). At their last location, they were only there four days before being forced to move.

If you think it’s hard to remain cheerful when you’re constantly being uprooted, you’re right. Which is why I found James so interesting. When I met him, he was building a kitchen table out of shipping pallets. Although he moved here from Jackson, Mississippi looking for work, James was still unemployed when we spoke. If not for Nickelsville, he believes he’d be up living under a bridge.

I am so happy to tell you that James did find work the day after this video was filmed. He found a job working as a forklift operator (and he didn’t even have to move to Alaska… you’ll have to watch video to smooth that one out!).

 

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  • http://twitter.com/robbiewendt Robbie

    Amazing! When asked what his 2 wishes were, they were for other homeless people (not himself) He had to add a third wish to include HIS wish!

    JOY = Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last…

  • Shelly

    This country is so STUPID, they won't let people live in tents in order to get on their feet. They would rather them run around for all eternity on the streets, always being shoowed away until they lose their minds, beyond return. Would you rather have a productive mindful American or an American who is needy for the rest of their lives?

  • Shelly

    I am really thrilled that Nickelsville exists. I just don't like to hear about it getting bulldozed. If you have cell phones or cameras, I would totally film them doing that and put it on YOUTUBE.

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