Campers Survive Storm; Working Together Helps


A Banner in Front of the Homeless Campers Site at City Hall Plaza Survived the Storm in One Piece.

A Small Tent Used by Camper Wayne Lovely.

It was 7:00 am and homeless campers at city hall plaza were lined up for their morning coffee and Dunkin Donut, no worse for the storm that hit them the night before.

“It was a good clean up of stuff around here,” said Michael grinning, who spent the night in his tent on-site.  “It got us all working together for one goal – to help each other.  It does take a toll on us, but we are doing this for the right reasons.

“Many of us were scared we might not survive the storm.  It stopped around 1:00 or 2:00 am.  We need Porta Potties and we are trying to get them from the city,” said  Michael, who suffers from PTSD trauma from his childhood.  So far, the city has refused this assistance to the homeless camped on its doorstep.

“The winds were not as bad as we feared,” said Wayne Lovely, who spent the night in the small tent pictured to the right.  “Not that many people left here.  We stayed together and got through it all together.  I am relieved the storm is gone though.  It was tense here yesterday,” he said.  Lovely, who is 5’11” and weighs about 240 lbs. said the night was crowded in his small tent.

Then he joined another short line for another cup of coffee saying he didn’t sleep well last night.  “I never sleep well,” he said.