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It was a lovely bright fall afternoon Sunday, October 13, when almost 100 people gathered at the southwest corner of Ballard Commons Park to dedicate 25 new Leaves of Remembrance. Some were from the faith community, social services, and various professions. Many were homeless, there to honor friends loved and lost on the streets. One woman walked to Ballard from downtown Seattle, for the chance to see her friends publicly recognized with a bronze Leaf.
Several people laid sprigs of rosemary on each friend’s Leaf. At the end of the day, every Leaf had a sprig of rosemary beside it. One man laid a lit cigarette by his friend’s Leaf. An impromptu memorial of fall leaves and a feather stood by another set of Leaves. Read the rest of this entry »
We are remembering these beloved community members:
Byron Barnes, Bradley Fernandez, Michael “Mikey” Hall, Don Farquharson, Kenneth
Gilfeather, Philip Keene, Dora Dundas, Charles Tompkins, Ken Trygg, Thomas Mumby,
Anna Moore, Mark Jacobsen, Daniel Nelson, Matthew Korpinen, Stanley Sorenson,
Paul Walling, Bobbie Joe Boling, Michael Gerrans, Pete Reed, Douglas McCormick, Carl
Edwin Day, Carlos Holguin, Alexander Pichahchy, Dale Scenally, Marlowe Sparks
sWe will tories, memories, and light refreshments at the Reception.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, the Homeless Remembrance Project dedicated four new Leaves at the Seattle Justice Center, after a Women in Black vigil for nine recent homeless deaths.
On Wednesday September 11, 2013, Women in Black will stand vigil at Seattle Justice Center (5th & James) from noon to 1 pm, for nine people whose deaths we just learned about; nine homeless people who died outside or by violence, in the last four weeks. The vigil will be dedicated to Dan Campbell, a beloved Nickelodeon who died recently in his Small, Simple, Sturdy Sleeping Structure at Nickelsville, amongst his friends and family.
At 1:15 pm, the Homeless Remembrance Project will dedicate four new Leaves of Remembrance at the Seattle Justice Center site.
More than 60 people turned up for the Dedication of seven new Leaves of Remembrance on Friday, August 16, 2013. (Fourteen Leaves at this same location were laid last year, so there are 21 Leaves of Remembrance altogether at the site, Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th.)
Dear Friends of the Homeless Remembrance Project:
In collaboration with the Seattle Mennonite Church and the Lake City Task Force on Homelessness, we will gather to lay seven more Leaves of Remembrance to honor people who have died in our community and experienced homelessness.
Please join us at 3:30 PM Friday, August 16th on the sidewalk in front of Seattle Mennonite for a short ceremony. After a brief ritual, we will gather to share fellowship and food. Refreshments will be provided by Hunger Intervention Program, LDS Women’s Auxiliary and the Seattle Mennonite Church.
We will be remembering the lives of:
- Kim Reister-Toburen 1959-2012
- John Carsten Plate, Jr. 1948-2012
- Arleta May Burbach 1929-2012
- Martha Louise Weiss 1968-2012
- Andrew Schneider 1956-2012
- Billi Jean Paulsen 1964-2013
- Douglas Ramm 1967-2013
40 Leaves of Remembrance are being laid in Pioneer Square this week, and will be dedicated on Wednesday, October 10th. Beginning at noon, 15 Leaves will be dedicated at Compass Center (65 South Washington Street), 10 Leaves at Real Change (96 South Main Street) at approximately 12:20 pm, and 15 Leaves at DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center, 517 3rd Avenue) at 12:40 pm. At 1 pm we will celebrate in the Morrison Community Room, 509 3rd Avenue.
We have gotten news coverage before, but never so thorough and thoughtful an article as How homeless remembrance finally found a Seattle home by Alison Sargent, published in the online news journal Crosscut on June 21, 2012.
More than 60 people came to the Seattle Mennonite Church in Lake City on Saturday, June 23rd to dedicate fourteen Leaves of Remembrance for beloved neighbors, friends and family members.
Because our permit for permanent installation had not quite been completed, we did a ceremonial laying of the Leaves. This was a powerful emotional experience, and the sense of community was profound. All fourteen names were read aloud, with a personal statement about each person. Then each of the fourteen Leaves was laid on the ground by people who felt close to that person, as the names were spoken again. Many times, Leaves were carried forward by two or more friends!
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Our first installation of 2012 will be fourteen Leaves of Remembrance outside the Seattle Mennonite Church in Lake City (3120 NE 125th Street), at 3 PM on Saturday, June 23rd. Please check back for more detailed information, and please mark your calendar now! We will post stories and photos of the 14 folks whose Leaves we’ll be dedicating by June 1st on this site.
Our Last Big Event of the Year:
Leaves of Remembrance Dedication at the Women in Black Vigil site, outside the Seattle Justice Center (600–5th)
You’re warmly invited to the Homeless Remembrance Project’s last big event of the Year! This will be a big Leaf Dedication & Celebration, starting at NOON on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, at the WHEEL/Women in Black Vigil Site, outside the Seattle Justice Center (at 5th/Cherry)! We’ll be dedicating 13 Leaves of Remembrance in this Installation.
Directly after the Leaf Dedication Ritual, under sponsorship from Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, we’ll be hosting a RECEPTION (from 12:30 to 2 PM) at the Bertha Knight Landes Room of Seattle CITY HALL. ALL are invited to join us–there’ll be light refreshments and a powerful speaking program!
The 13 Leaves in this Installation are for the following beloved community members: Debbie Cashio, Sandra Lee Smiscon, Davina Garrison, Colette Fleming, Melissa Davis, Michael Lindsay, Major Lee Gay, Rebekah Woods, Tattoo Joe Gaerte, Robert Kotopka, Clinton Matthew Ray, Al Farr, and Isaac Palmer.
Copies of two ground-breaking national publications will be available at the City Hall reception: WHEEL’s Poetry Anthology “Beloved Community: The Sisterhood of Homeless Women in Poetry“ and copies of our friend Dr Desiree Hellegers’s newly-published collection of Seattle homeless women’s Oral Histories, “No Room of Her Own: Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death and Resistance.”
We are doing a joint reading of these books at Elliott Bay Bookstore at 2 PM Sunday, October 16th.