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Since 2003, the Homeless Remembrance Project – a collaborative effort of homeless women, faith community leaders, designers, artists, social service providers and other friends – has worked to create places of hope, heading, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County. Our committee designed, developed and now maintains the only permanent public memorial for homeless people anywhere in the world. http://homelessremembrance.org/.

Our concept is twofold:

  • The Tree of Life sculpture and community gathering place, in Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market)
  • Leaves of Remembrance on Seattle sidewalks bear the names of those who have died, and at the site: www.fallenleaves.org we share their stories. We currently have 14 leaf host sites and 257 leaves all over the City.

We’re a fun committee, meeting just once a month on Capitol Hill. We really need website maintenance support, and also committee members and an administrative intern or helper. Please consider joining our effort to honor those who’ve experienced homelessness who have died. contact 206-956-0334 or wheelorg@yahoo.com

On December 21st, the longest night of the year, WHEEL/Women in Black held our annual Winter Solstice Vigil, reckoning with the 90 homeless people who’ve died outside or by violence so far this year.  In the midst of this grief, our hearts were warmed by the huge community turnout—thank you!   Read the rest of this entry »

Click to View the Promotional Poster for the Solstice Candlelight Vigil

Click to View the 2017 Women in Black Outdoor/Violent Homeless List-of-the-Dead

Please join WHEEL/Women in Black at the Homeless Remembrance Project’s Tree of Life (Victor Steinbrueck Park, north of Pike Place Market) at sunset – 4:20 PM – on Thursday, Decembers 21st.  We will be honoring all homeless people who’ve died outside or by violence this year in King County–at least 88 already; a shattering record.

After a brief ritual at the Tree of Life, we will silently walk through the Market to Westlake Park (4th/Pine) where we will stand a Silent Vigil from 5 – 6 PM.  After the vigil, we will gather nearby for fellowship and refreshments.

December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.  The National Coalition for the Homeless designates it “National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.”

Since our WHEEL/Women in Black vigils began 17 years ago, nearly 800 men, women and children have died outside or by violence.  In 2017, we’ve broken our hearts & all previous records:  At least 88 people have died outside or by violence – at the average age of 46 years old.

Women and men are welcome; candles are provided.

For more information:  WHEEL (206) 956-0334; wheelorg@yahoo.com or Homeless Remembrance Project on Facebook.

YOU’RE  INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s
long-awaited “Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication at Seattle Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
NOON Friday August 25th   

For more than a decade, The Homeless Remembrance Project has created places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.  The Project has two parts:  A beautiful “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” with names, embedded in sidewalks—more than 240 throughout the City.

PLEASE JOIN US TO WITNESS & CELEBRATE the Friday, August 25th dedication of twelve “Leaves of Remembrance” at Seattle’s Central Library, on the 4th Ave side. 

We’re remembering these beloved, book-loving community members:

  Wes Singletary III  1970-2009                      Janelle “Dart” Hayward 1969-2013

  Sean Kennie  1963-2013                               Herman Leroy Hudson 1956-2012

  Lonnie Nelson  1932-2014                                Matt “Giant” Barrett  1965-2014

  Eric Hovey 1954-2015                                  Jon Stuart “Stu” Wright 1962-2013

  Justin Lee Miezejeski 1985-2015                            David Patterson 1950-2015

  Skittles 1994-2014                       Zamphra “Birdie” (Peters) Opoku 1968-2012

 

For more information

(206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

Websites:  www.fallenleaves.org & www.homelessremembrance.org

YOU’RE INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s
“Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication at
Mary’s Place/Gethsemane Lutheran Church!

During the 11 AM Mary’s Place Saturday Service
Saturday, July 8th, 2017
at Mary’s Place
1830 Ninth Avenue (& Stewart)

Story-sharing over lunch to follow!

For more than a decade, The Homeless Remembrance Project–a collaborative community effort facilitated by the homeless women of WHEEL–has created places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.  The Project has two parts:  A beautiful “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” embedded in sidewalks throughout the City.

ALL ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE the July 8th re-blessing, dedication and affixing of six “Leaves of Remembrance” in front of Gethsemane Lutheran Church/Mary’s Place, during the Mary’s Place Saturday Service.

 We’re remembering these beloved community members:

PHYLLIS DETIENNE     1949—2014
SUSI HENDERSON     1943–2014
SALLY CORBETT  1952—2012
KIM WINTERS  1960—2012
 MAI HUYNH  1956—2010
GAIL NORA BRACKEEN  1959—2013

 The event starts as a Blessing and Dedication toward the end of the 11 AM Service (circa 11:40 AM), and then there’ll be a chance to share stories and memories over the Mary’s Place Saturday lunch. Please join us!

For more information:

(206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

Websites: www.fallenleaves.org & www.homelessremembrance.org

OR “HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT” ON FACEBOOK!

On May 21st, we blessed and dedicated five new Leaves of Remembrance around Ballard Commons Park. We were graced by the pastoral leadership and support of Pastor Britt Olson and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and many other supporters and friends.
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YOU’RE INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s
“Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication in BALLARD!!

Friends & family chose the location for Leaves, & also lay flowers & rosemary sprigs.Leaves of Remembrance
Dedication & Reception
NOON Sunday, May 21st
at Ballard Commons Park
(57th NW & NW 22nd)
Reception to follow at
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
(5710 22nd Ave NW)

For more than a decade, The Homeless Remembrance Project–a collaborative community effort facilitated by the homeless women of WHEEL–has created places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.  The Project has two parts:  A beautiful “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” with names, embedded in sidewalks throughout the City.

ALL ARE INVITED TO WITNESS AND CELEBRATE the May 21st dedication of FIVE new “Leaves of Remembrance” around Ballard Commons Park (where 43 Leaves already are; see reverse for list of previously-dedicated Leaves). 

 We’re remembering these beloved community members:
Alicia Nickerson, Jan “Jon” Andersson, Tanya Hedington,
Hubert “Buzz” Chevara, and Marc Cahill

 Please visit www.fallenleaves.org pretty soon for stories and photos!

 The event starts with a NOON Ceremony at the Park.  Then there’ll be a chance to share stories, memories, and refreshments at a Reception hosted at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5710—22nd Avenue NW.  Please join us!

 For more information

(206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

 

 Download printable flyer

2016 WHEEL WOMEN IN BLACK
LIST-OF-THE-DEAD in KING COUNTY

We are grateful to the King County Medical Examiners
and Health Care for the Homeless!

CAUSE
OF DEATH:

WHO:

WHEN:

WHERE:

SHOT
TO DEATH

James
Q Tran, 33

January

under
I-5 at S Atlantic

SHOT
TO DEATH

Jeannine
Zapata, 45

January

under
I-5 at S Atlantic

HEROIN
OD

Jonathan
Stanton, 36

January

Shilshole

SUICIDE

Blake
Kimble, 31

January

North
Bend

HYPOTHERMIA

David
Ramisky, 53

January

Federal
Way

OD

Tonya
Enriquez, 44

February

300
bl 2nd Ave Ext S

HEROIN
OD

Patrick
Larner, 60

February

E
Marginal Way/S Orcas

NATURAL
CAUSES

Donald
Parks, 83

February

Auburn
Park n Ride

HEROIN
OD

Alicia
Nickerson, 30

February

1100
bl NE Ballard Way

OD?

Harold
McDuffie II, 37

March

3rd
S/Edgar Martinez Way

PNEUMONIA

Gilbert
Lopez, 52

March

10th/S
Dearborn

ACCIDENT

Chad
Rogers, 44

March

Broadway/Denny

HEROIN
OD

Dante
Kelly, 47

March

800
bl S Jackson

PENDING

(tent.
ID) J.T. Grogan, 78

March

Tukwila
greenspace

HEART
DISEASE

John
Watkins, 58

April

Auburn
UHaul/Storage

OD

Paul
Rodrick, 56

April

1st/Yesler

RECYCLING
ACCIDENT

Richard
Wenz, 58

April

Woodinville

HIT
BY CAR

Francis
Walker, Jr, 77

April

300
bl S Lander

SHOT
TO DEATH

Alex
Kelley, 26

May

Federal
Way

HEART
DISEASE

Paul
Fehr, 40

May

Auburn/Interurban
Trail

LIVER
DISEASE

Mark
Woodley, 59

May

Renton

PNEUMONIA

Gary
Oaks, 58

May

Ballard

HIT-AND-RUN

Andrew
Charlie, 69

May

White
Center

SUICIDE

Norm
Scofield, 58

May

SODO

RUN
OVER BY CAR

Scott
McHone, 50

May

Denny
Triangle

METH
OD

Michelle
Hargrave, 39

May

Auburn

UNDETERMINED

Aaron
Esposito, 39

June

Bellevue
Library

HEROIN
OD

Abriannah
Hicks, 24

June

S
End (411 S Dawson)

NATURAL
CAUSES

Bruce
Loughridge, 53

June

woods
at 1437 Donovan

SHOT
TO DEATH

James
?JR? Smith, 20s

July

Fenster
Park, Auburn

DEHYDRATION/MALNUTRITION

Maja
Brandli, 29

July

Renton
(Black River Forest)

NATURAL
CAUSES

Gena
Ranger, 41

July

Klickitat
SW/SW? Spokane

HEROIN
OD

Jordan
Lemmel, 31

July

6th/Seneca

NATURAL
CAUSES

Jacob
Evans, 21

July

Hwy
20/HMC

HEROIN
OD

Malcolm
Spotted Calf, 54

July

near
Pike Place Mkt

HEART
DISEASE

Tony
Lee Fountaine, Sr, 45

July

near
Northgate Mall

HEROIN
OD

Renee
Whitmore, 47

August

9200
Myers Way

SHOT
TO DEATH

Robert
Dias, 50

August

Kent

SHOT
TO DEATH

Louisa
Campos, 32

August

Kent

NATURAL
CAUSES

Ernest
Readus, 60

August

Airport
Wy/Royal Brougham

HEROIN
OD

Jeanette
Matthews, 44

August

Airport
Wy/Royal Brougham

NATURAL
CAUSES??

Michael
Duwayne Gilbert, 71

August

Shoreline

RUN
OVER BY CAR

Walter
Burton aka Stroud, 19

September

U
District

RUN
OVER BY CAR

Doneen
Penn, 56

September

200
bl S. Lincoln

HEROIN
OD

John
Nichols, 35

September

4th/S
Holgate

NATURAL
CAUSES

Rachel
Spradlin, 39

October

?Jungle?
(MEs designation)

TOXIC
ASPHYXIA

Tung
Truong, 43

October

12th/S
King

SUICIDE

Skyler
Velez, 25

October

Auburn

SHOT
BY POLICE

Michael
Taylor, 44

October

under
I-5

PENDING

Rock
LaFrance, 59

November

Greenwood

2016 Winter Solstice Vigil

To join our
notification list for vigils & Action Alerts:

(206) 956-0334
email 
wheelorg@yahoo.com

Homeless Remembrance
Project on Facebook


2016 List of the Dead

October 2, 2016

In a moving and powerful gathering, the Homeless Remembrance Project Committee dedicated and laid nine new Leaves of Remembrance around Ballard Commons Park. In the words of our presider, Pastor Britt Olson of St Luke’s Episcopal Church, the ritual embodied “the paradox of how mourning and joy can co-exist.” The dedication was done just after a St Francis Day blessing-of-the-animals in the Park; we were joined by many friends and family members who gave special meaning to the experience. Thank you!
Nine Leaves prepared for dedication at Ballard Commons

Nine Leaves prepared for dedication

The dedication took place after the Blessing of the Animals

A large group attended the dedication, which took place after the Blessing of the Animals

One of the women shows Pastor Britt photos of her friends

One of the women shows Pastor Britt photos of her friends

Friends & family chose the location for Leaves, & also lay flowers & rosemary sprigs.

Friends & family chose the location for Leaves, & for flowers & rosemary sprigs.

The Zachariasen family

The Zachariasen family present to lay Leaves of Remembrance for Ann & Donnie.

Pastor Britt Olson of St Luke's Episcopal Church

Pastor Britt Olson of St Luke’s Episcopal Church

 

YOU’RE INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s “Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication in BALLARD!!

Leaves of Remembrance Dedication & Reception
NOON Sunday, October 2nd
at Ballard Commons Park
(57th NW & NW 22nd)

Reception to follow at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
(5710 22nd Ave NW)

For more than a decade, The Homeless Remembrance Project–a collaborative community effort facilitated by the homeless women of WHEEL–has created places of hope, healing, and beauty to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.  The Project has two parts:  A beautiful “Tree of Life” sculpture and gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park (north of Pike Place Market), and “Leaves of Remembrance,” with names, embedded in sidewalks throughout the City.

ALL ARE INVITED TO WITNESS AND CELEBRATE the October 2nd dedication of NINE new “Leaves of Remembrance” around Ballard Commons Park (where 34 Leaves already are).

We’re remembering these beloved community members:
Jerry Burns, Selvin Iscoa, James Noren, Jonathan Stanton, Myles Carroll, Ann Zachariasen, Donald “Donnie” Zachariasen, Gary Oaks, & Corey Bardwell.

The event starts with a NOON Ceremony at the Park. Then there’ll be a chance to share stories, memories, and refreshments at a Reception hosted at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5710—22nd Avenue NW. Please join us!

For more information: (206) 956-0334 or email wheelorg@yahoo.com

Friday, July 29, the Homeless Remembrance Project Committee, in partnership with Seattle Mennonite Church, dedicated four new bronze Leaves of Remembrance in Lake City—for Scott Trezise, Eugene Menard, Steve Pond, and Robert Shand. Read the rest of this entry »

You’re warmly invited to witness and participate in our LAKE CITY LEAVES DEDICATION 3:30 PM FRIDAY, JULY 29th at Seattle Mennonite Church (3120 NE 125th).  We’ll be dedicating four beautiful new bronze Leaves of Remembrance:

Reception at Seattle Mennonite Church will follow the Dedication.

CandleWHEEL/Mary’s Place  WOMEN IN BLACK
Winter Solstice Vigil
FOR ALL 2015 OUTDOOR/VIOLENT HOMELESS DEATHS
MONDAY, DECEMBER 21st – starts at SUNSET (4:20 PM)
AT THE TREE OF LIFE in VICTOR STEINBRUECK PARK 
(N. OF PIKE PLACE MARKET)
then silent procession to Silent Vigil at Westlake Park (4th & Pine)5-6 PM then Post-Vigil Gathering @ the SHARE/WHEEL Offices (b/w 2nd & 3rd off Stewart)

December 21st is the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year.  

The National Coalition for the Homeless designates it “National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.”  On this day, WHEEL (a grassroots organizing effort) and Mary’s Place (an ecumenical ministry) will stand a special one-hour, candlelight, Women in Black vigil to remember all the homeless men and women who have died this year outside or by violence in King County.  

Since our vigils began almost 15 years ago, more than 600 men, women and children have died outside or by violence.  In 2015, we’ve broken our hearts and all previous records:  at least 60 people have died already—at the average age of 48 years old.

2015 WHEEL/MARY’S PLACE WOMEN IN BLACK LIST-OF-THE-DEAD in KING COUNTY

Please join us for our Women in Black Solstice activities, starting at sunset (4:20 PM) at our Tree of Life!  Women and men are welcome; candles are provided, and we’ll join together for a post-vigil gathering to share stories, fellowship and comfort!

FOR MORE INFO:  WHEEL (206) 956-0334 wheelorg@yahoo.com

Download flyer for printing

bronze leaf reading 'fallenleaves..org'ALL ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE the September 26th blessing and dedication of six “Leaves of Remembrance” at a new site: Mary’s Place, which is hosted by Gethsemane Lutheran Church. The Leaves will be placed in front of the Stewart Street entrance to Gethsemane Church (911 Stewart).

We are remembering these beloved community members:
Phyllis Detienne
Susi Henderson
Sally Corbett
Kim Winters
Mai Huynh
Gail Nora Brackeen

The event starts with an 11:40 am Blessing and Dedication, and then there’ll be a chance to share stories and memories.  Please join us!

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Related Sites
  • Homeless Remembrance Project The main site of the Homeless Remembrance Project, with much more about the Tree of Life.
  • Mary's Place The only day center where homeless women can go with their children & co-sponsor of Women in Black.
  • WHEEL WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality & Enhancement League) is a grassroots organizing effort of homeless women.