Camp Quixote is a self-governing community of adults who are homeless. It was founded in February, 2007, as a protest in a downtown Olympia parking lot. Since then, it has been supported by many faith communities that host the Camp for 90-day stays in church parking lots, and by Panza, a non-profit organization. (more…)
Camp Quixote is now safely tucked in to the underground parking garage at First Christian Church at 701 Franklin Street in downtown Olympia. This is a wonderful winter home for the Camp, as it is under cover, out of the rain and wind. We love our First Christian hosts! (more…)
Applying to Live at Camp Quixote
To apply to live at Camp Quixote, stop by the Camp’s host tent during the day and fill out an application. You also need to provide a copy of your photo ID for a background check. You may want to call first (360-753-2095) to make sure they are taking applications. (more…)
Voices from the Camp
4/18/2012: I am Tinamarie Swihart, a resident of Camp Quixote and its current elected secretary. It has been my honor the last year and three months to be a part of this process of creating Quixote Village. (more…)
The History of Camp Quixote
Camp Quixote began on February 1, 2007 as a protest in downtown Olympia parking lot. When local authorities moved to clear the camp, a church offered it sanctuary on its grounds.
Although it was very controversial when it started, local opposition to the Camp melted away within a matter of months. (more…)
Why Quixote Village
The founders of Camp Quixote never intended to create a permanent tent camp. They hoped to build a permanent village where they could be warm and dry. Their vision was – and still is – to build a community of 30 tiny cottages and a central community building that includes showers, laundry facilities, a shared kitchen and social and meeting space. They also hope to plant a vegetable garden and fruit trees, and to start one or more micro-enterprises that could bring in income to support the Village and its residents.
It’s taken a long time, but we are close to realizing that dream. (more…)
The Quixote Village Capital Campaign
State, federal, tribal and private sources have provided generous support for the dream of building Quixote Village to provide our homeless neighbors with secure and dry places to live while they turn their energies towards improving their lives.
But an additional $300,000 is still needed: $140,000 to fully fund construction of the Village, and $160,000 to buy furniture and appliances (more…)
Donate to Quixote Village
Make your pledge or donation to Panza for Quixote Village today! Your gift will help insure a positive future for some of the neediest among us. To discuss gifts of securities, email Panza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Panza is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.)