Date(s) - 03/07/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This event has been cancelled, and we hope to reschedule in the future. Any updates will be posted on our website when available, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance
Documentary Film Screening and Discussion Panel
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Movie trailer at: https://vimeo.com/385342052
Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, but homelessness is on the rise, with more than 11,600 people living on the streets. In 2016, a clean and sober camp, Camp Second Chance, was birthed. A place for the homeless to recollect themselves in a healthy, caring environment, it’s operated by the homeless who choose to stay. Everyone chips in, taking turns running security, and seeks opportunities to pursue their dreams. A young mother whose child was taken from her lives at the camp while working toward her education. A man who’s experienced a run of bad luck hopes his life turns out to have some kind of meaning. Director Melinda Raebyne captures the heart of Camp Second Chance by embracing personal discomfort to live as they live. “Everybody wants to tell the homeless what they need, but nobody is asking the homeless what they need,” she explains. How can we understand their needs if we can’t fathom their struggles? Raebyne tugs at the heartstrings with honest interviews and raw moments of breakdown. This documentary reminds you that the homeless are people just like you and me, with desires and needs, simply “looking for a help up, not a handout.”
Following the film screening, a representative from the League of Women Voters will facilitate a panel discussion that will include the film’s director, Melinda Raebyne,
No charge for admission. Free-will donations will be accepted in support of the filmmaker and her work.