This is the old Web-site for the "Dillville" Tent City of Lakewood, NJ. Our camp was bulldozed by the Lakewood Township government in June 2014! This Web-site is preserved for historical reasons.
Tent City is gradually shrinking, but we are still very much in need of donations! As of a count conducted on June 19th, 2014, we still have 29 residents living in Tent City, down from the peak population of 122 one year ago. About a third of the remaining residents are female, half are over 50 years old, and two are over 70. We also have dozens of former residents coming by to pick up food and other donations, and we also deliver necessities to other former residents (placed in motels "in the middle of nowhere") on a daily basis. Our organization is committed to continue helping the homeless and impoverished people in this area, even long after the present Tent City location is demolished...
Anyone can drop off donations or just visit Tent City at any time. It has been legally established that people bringing donations to Tent City are not trespassing! Entering the woods from the Cedar Bridge Ave and S Clover St traffic light, follow the road, keeping right, until you find yourself in a clearing with a larger tent (Chapel) to your right. You'll see tables nearby where donations can be dropped off. You can call Minister Steve Brigham at 732-364-0340 if you have any questions. You can also call in advance of your arrival to make sure we're on-hand to help you unload, or make sure certain items are properly distributed.
This page lists some ideas for supporters of Tent City - a donation "wish list" of items to bring on your next visit. Items are highlighted in red when we're running very low or have run out. We are of course very grateful for any kind of help you can offer us... You can also funds donate online.
Donations of Bottled Water and 1+ Gallon Jugs are always greatly appreciated!
Tent City residents spend a lot of time outdoors, and many also work in landscaping, construction, roofing, and other outdoor jobs.
Nobody is ever starving at Tent City. That said, it would be great for our residents' long-term health if we could have more variety in the typical Tent City diet (which is mostly based on not-exactly-fresh bread and other bakery products, grains, and high-sodium canned foods like beans). Food items that are always in great demand include:
We mostly use propane grills for cooking. We also have a propane stove / oven and microwaves (rarely used due to limited availability of electricity). We do have a refrigerator / freezer for perishable items.
Tent City is "off the grid". Aside from using propane for cooking, hot water, lanterns, and sometimes heat, we also use gasoline-powered electric generators to power the shower water-pump, electrical chargers for cell phones, etc.
We gladly accept donated gift cards to local stores, including: Walmart (preferred), Costco, ShopRite, Home Depot, and Lowe's. Walmart offers free shipping, flexible amounts, and no fees. Gift cards are also tax deductible.
Gift cards and other donations (including packages) can be sent to the following shipping address:
Lakewood Outreach Ministry Church PO Box 326 Lakewood, NJ 08701