TCT Minutes, Jan 19, 2015

Jan 19, 2015

Attendance: Wayne, Alan, Vince, Patricia, Sheryl, Neal.
Coordinators: Facilitator: Vince, Note Taker: Alan

Reports: As there was a new person, we had brief introductions. Vince talked a bit about how TCT got started, the role of Occupy Tacoma activists, especially Neal. He handed out some material describing who we were and what we have been doing.

Wayne, the new person, is from Graham. He talked about his activities assisting homeless people in Graham and expressed interest in checking us out, possibly working with us.

For the benefit of the new person, Vince and others described our requirement to line up more than 1 possible host church site so when the tent city has to move, there will be a place to go. Vince mentioned that one church seems interested in possibly hosting a tent city. Two weeks ago, he had a meeting with the pastor. It was a productive meeting. Patricia says that if we get one site, other churches will be more likely to step up to the plate.

We discussed a bit about MDC (Metropolitan Development Council) project to renovate the BayWatch Apartment building. This building will be renamed for Randall Townsend, a homeless veteran who 4 skinheads attacked and murdered some years ago.

We also talked about the need to have some sort of fiscal arm. Neal brought up the 501(C)3 process. He would like to have us work with an established group. Vince said he will consult with some FUMC people. Associated Ministries might be able to serve as a financial agent, but they will not be willing to organize or manage us.

Neal reports we have an intern. This intern will be working under Neal through a program with TCC as part of an academic activity. Neal reports that he can act as a go-between for Prince of Peace Lutheran. Neal has had some contact with new pastor, who will be installed around March.

Vince wants to lay out the critical steps we must now take to make a tent city a reality. He wants to invite the Seattle folks back when we have more churches lined up here in Tacoma.

Next Meeting

February 2, 2015
4 to 5:30 PM
621 Tacoma Ave S

Respectfully submitted: Alan OldStudent