Thank you to all our great Tent City volunteers! See you next year!
Oct. 21-23, 2016


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October 23th to 25th, 2015

Civic Center Mall



If you would like to become a part of the volunteer planning team for this year’s Tent City Oct. 23-25 join us for the planning meetings held Sept. 17, Oct. 1 and Oct. 15.

Planning meetings are held at 7 pm at the Westgate Building, 3450 W. Central Ave., Toledo, Ohio 43613. This is the office building right next to Sears, across from Costco. We’re always looking to meet new people so everyone is encouraged to come meet the incredible team that makes it happen!


We know people will die if we don’t, so we just do. And if by being there you get to know the name of the person who will not die, your work becomes so much more urgent.” – Ken

 Other Important Dates to Remember

September 15th – October 15th: Community Clothing Drive to support Tent City

A tremendous help for this year’s Tent City. We accept clothing donations of all kinds as long as they are of decent quality or better. Anything helps so your support is much welcomed! Bring donations to:

  • Lifebridge Center (former Banner Mattress building), 3342 Monroe St., Toledo, OH. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or during clothing sorting hours Monday-Thursday 4-7 p.m.
  • Crossroads Church on 23, 6960 Sylvania-Petersburg Road, Ottawa Lake, MI. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Sundays 9 a.m. to noon.

or click here to sign up to help sort clothing.

TC Clothing Drive FLIER
October 17th: Walgreen’s Trick or Trot 5k Run & Zombie Walk

Come down to participate in a 5k or show off this year’s costume. Located at the Fallen Timbers Mall, registration will be 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. with the race starting at 9 a.m. Also a costume contest will take place at 8:30 a.m. (including prize to best: Couple, Look-a-Like, Child, Adult, Most Difficult to Run In, Zombie). There is a $25 + $2.50 signup fee with awards going to overall male / female runners; master male / female runners; and age group awards (male / female): 9 and younger, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and older. You can also pick up a packet at Dave’s Performance Footwear on Thursday, Oct. 15 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

October 23rd: Parade of Compassion

Starting off Tent City with a kick! Meet at Promenade Park at 6 p.m. A 1-mile parade of compassion will start off the annual Tent City right.

November 11th: Veterans Matter 11/11 at 7 Rallies to House America’s Homeless Veterans (sponsored by the National Exchange Clubs nationwide)

Tent City 2015

This is a weekend long event held October 23th to 25th 2015 that delivers the entire community’s compassion to those who often see none. Businesses, Churches, Youth Groups and Schools all donate, volunteer and/or spend the night learning how to serve those who have none. ALL ARE WELCOME! Click here to volunteer.

Our Tent City Parade of Compassion kicks off Tent City on the 23th at 6 pm.

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (subject to change):

Friday, Oct 23:

5 p.m.: Dinner
6 p.m.: Parade of Compassion
8 p.m.: Mayor’s Forum, featuring Paula Hicks-Hudson, Mike Bell, Sandy Collins, Carty Finkbeiner, Mike Ferner, Sandy Spang and Opal Covey, moderated by Keith Burris of The Blade and Lee Conklin of 13abc.
7 p.m.-midnight: Live music, hosted by Pat Lewandowski and Tom Kornacki
7 p.m.: Dave Carpenter
9 p.m.: Willie Rough
10 p.m.: Tim Tiderman and Assoc.
11 p.m.: Tim’s Gospel Septet

Saturday, Oct. 24:

7 a.m.: Breakfast
Noon: Lunch
9 a.m.-4 p.m.:  PROJECT CONNECT, featuring hot meals, warm clothes/shoes, haircuts, medical services (dental, cardiology, pediatrics, hearing, mammograms, health screenings and more), social services, birth certificates/IDs and more)
5:30 p.m.: Dinner
7 p.m.-midnight: Live music, hosted by Pat Lewandowski and Tom Kornacki
7 p.m.:  Lorilee Ash-Green
8 p.m.: Hand Hewn
9 p.m.: Mudfoot’s Blues Cavalcade
10 p.m.: Angola Road
11 p.m.: AJ Szozda and The Blue Hook

Sunday, Oct. 25:

8 a.m.: Breakfast
10 a.m.: Worship


Here are Ten Ways to Matter This Fall

Please join us to continue to show the world how our community comes together each year for Tent City!

1. Sign up to Volunteer as a guide, part of a setup or tear tear-down crew, a meal server, guest or volunteer registration, donation tent and more at Tent City. This hands-on service can change lives: Yours and theirs.

2. Donate food or sponsor a meal for the hundreds who come down to break bread at Tent City. Then join us to break bread.

3. Conduct a targeted clothing drive for men’s and women’s warm winter clothing, jeans, sweat shirts, hygiene items or backpacks. We ALWAYS have a shortage of larger sizes as well as men’s jeans.

4.  Help sponsor the Critical Documents (Birth Certificates and IDs), perhaps the item in highest demand. Without them, people cannot get a job, services, even food or shelter. Last year we were quite limited in capacity. To meet the need this year, we need to raise about $3,500 to buy the birth certificates and IDs for our guests. Contact us if you, your church, business or group would like to donate or sponsor part of this program.

5. Create a prayer vigil at your church or life group leading up to and during Tent City weekend. Lives are changed!

6.  Have your company or group become an underwriter or sponsor of Tent City.

7. Walk in the Walgreen’s Trick or Trot 5k Run & Zombie Walk on October 17th to help raise money to support the advocacy work of

8. Help get the word out! Embed the videos on your business, school or church website, Facebook, Twitter and more. Invite Ken or a speaker from the 1Matters Speakers Bureau to help your church, volunteers or group understand the plight of the unhoused, the complexity of living on the streets and what you can expect at Tent City.

9. Bring your student group, church group or life group down to spend the night in order to teach them the harder life lessons only discomfort can teach.

10. Just come down Friday or Saturday night and enjoy the incredible music Pat Lewandowski puts together each year. (We note Pat is the only other person besides the founder who has been to every single day of every single Tent City since 1990! We welcome ANY ideas you and/or your group have to matter this year to those who matter. Just tell us. If you have questions or need more info, email us at info at 1matters dot com or just give us a call. We hope to see you there!

Read About Tent City

What is Tent City REALLY like? Here are some behind-the-scenes perspectives of the life-changing impact. Michele Ross is our friend in the Tent City video above.  Kate Giammarise captured her story in this wonderful piece. Our friend Sarah Ottney accurately penned this story in the Toledo Free Press. Our friend Tom Henry described it perfectly as “Volunteers connect face-to-face with the homeless through music, coffee and outreach programs from free haircuts to free medical exams.” Want to educate your students? Jenifer Christiaanse brought 18 or so students down to spend the night in order to teach them the harder life lessons only discomfort can teach.  To us, the volunteer leaders of Tent City, Jenifer and her group are heroes not only for coming down, but for the commitment to stay when other groups left after the levee breaks.

This video by our good friend Dave Yonke with Toledo Favs (Faith and Values) captured the 2012 rain-soaked walk.  It let up midway and blessed us with a beautiful double rainbow at the end. Click here to see the video, and click above to join us this year.

Whether you are a leader, thinker, doer or donor we want YOU to help us change the world, 1 at a time. Feel called to help or need more info? You can email us, call us or come to any planning meeting. Every one Matters, right?