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bronze leaf reading ''ALL ARE INVITED TO CELEBRATE the September 25th blessing and dedication of two “Leaves of Remembrance” in front of the 15th Ave NE entrance to University Temple United Methodist Church (1415 NE 43rd).

We are remembering these beloved community members:
John Read Avery and
Lorraine Wong

The event starts with a 4:30 Blessing and Dedication, and then there’ll be a chance to share stories and memories.  Please join us!


HRP 2015 solstice celebration leaflet

HRP North End Dedications June 2015-page-001

roger and his leafOn November 19th, 2014, the Homeless Remembrance Project received a very unusual, touching, unprecedented Leaf Request, from a curmudgeonly, loveable 57-year-old Seahawks fan named Roger Andrews, who’d been homeless for a decade mostly in Ballard before moving to Nyer Urness House two years ago.  He was in hospice, with a terminal cancer diagnosis.  The prognosis wasn’t good:  perhaps six weeks, at most.

His former Case Manager, Beth, had taken Roger out in his wheelchair for a jaunt around Ballard, and they stopped to visit the Leaves of Remembrance around Ballard Commons Park. Roger remarked on how many of his friends, his “street family,” were remembered with Leaves there.  He said that he would like a Leaf of Remembrance, and that he would like to see his Leaf, hold it in his hands, and perhaps even see it installed before his death.  Beyond his street family and circle of caregivers, he has no family here, and he had been out of contact with his blood relations since he was a teenager.

Beth reached out to us to tell us this story.  In talking it over, we began thinking about how it might be possible, and even right and good, to engrave a Leaf for Roger now, with his name and year of birth, in order to fulfill his dying wish for a palpable remembrance, and to let him know with certainty that there WILL be a legacy for him here in Seattle.  In some ways, this is no different than how many families deal with marble headstones:  names and years of birth are already engraved, waiting for the end to come, and the year of death is engraved later on.

rogers friends and his leafWe felt that honoring Roger’s request might help him reckon with his final days, and might also be a call and a manifestation of our “ministry” of Leaves.  So, with the help of our engraver, we quickly struck a spare Leaf with Roger’s name and year of birth.  By that time, Roger was doing very poorly.  We’d hoped to go to Ballard Commons Park with him to do a blessing ceremony there, and to have him show us where he’d like his Leaf to be someday.

toasting rogerInstead, Reverend Pat Simpson led a bedside memorial at the nursing home.  Several of Roger’s friends from Nyer Urness and his street family joined us.  They came prepared to celebrate—and also to say goodbye to their beloved friend.  We held hands, we toasted Roger with red plastic cups full of beer, we blessed him and his Leaf, and told him he will never be forgotten.

On December 19th, we received this message from Beth:

“I wanted to let you know that Roger died this morning.  I’m told he had a peaceful death and I was able to go and say goodbye to him earlier today. Up until the end he was showing off his maple leaf and I truly believe that he was the most joyful I had ever seen him when speaking about it these last few days…Thanks again for helping make Roger’s wish come true.”

Roger’s Leaf was placed at Ballard Commons Park in Spring 2015.

Candle Please join us for the
WHEEL/Church of Mary Magdalene
FOR ALL 2014

starts at SUNSET (4:20 PM)
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 Church of Mary Magdalene (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, at least 549 men, women and children have died outside or by violence.  In 2014, at least 39 homeless people have died already—at the average age of 48 years old.

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!

You are invited to the HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s “Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication at University Temple United Methodist Church!

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 WITNESS AND CELEBRATE the October 12th dedication of 14 “Leaves of Remembrance” in front of the 15th Avenue NE entrance to University Temple United Methodist Church (1415 NE 43rd).   These will be the first Leaves laid there!

We’re remembering these beloved community members:
 Chris Stevens, Renee DeWolf, Lance Loder,
Frederick “Teddy” Locke, Frank Zanella, Cindi Colleen Attison, Korey Klein,
John Read Avery, Russell Hennen, Joan Schaller, Michael Doubles,
Michael Lovelady, and Aaron Burgess.

The event starts with a NOON Dedication (right after the 10:30 AM U Temple morning service), and then there’ll be a chance to share stories, memories, and light refreshments at a Reception.  Please join us!

For more information call (206) 956-0334 or email

Women in Black are standing today in honor and memory of Daryl Ford, 49.  Our hearts are with all of his family and friends.  He was stabbed to death on May 22nd—his body was found in a shopping cart near South Othello Street.  As widely reported, a suspect is in custody for this murder.

What’s not been reported is the real human story of the victim of this terrible murder.

WHO WAS DARYL M. FORD?  According to his older sister Connie, he was a cool, friendly, and outgoing man who always went out of his way to make people smile. He was a talented gymnast who enjoyed the simple things in life, especially ice cream.  Mr Ford was the baby of his family and was very close to his sister, who is devastated by the loss of such a wonderful friend and brother. He was loved, and will be dearly missed

After this Vigil, we will dedicate a Leaf of Remembrance for Daryl Ford.

3 PM NEXT WEDNESDAY, August 27th we’ll dedicate three new Leaves (for Lori Dillon, Jennie Wilcox and Anna “Soso” White) at Angeline’s Day Center (2025 Third Avenue), and then will move to a 3:30 PM dedication of two new Leaves (for Lynda Van Sant and Joyce Van Hollebeke) at Noel House/Bakhita Gardens (2nd and Bell).  There’ll be a reception and fellowship afterwards on the Bell Street Boulevard!

The Homeless Remembrance Project invites you to join us starting at 2 PM THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 22nd at the Compass Housing Alliance (65 S. Washington) as we dedicate two new Leaves (for Abel Gonzales and Brandon Jeffrey Mickelson) there, and then move to a 2:30 PM dedication of three new Leaves (for Gerald “TC Willie” Aust, Patrick Joseph, and Arthur Lassiter) at DESC (517 Third).  There’ll be a light reception afterwards at the Morrison. 

5 new “Leaves of Remembrance” in front of the Seattle Mennonite Church (at 3120 NE 125th).   These will join 21 Leaves already laid there.

With these new Lake City Leaves, we’re remembering
these beloved community members:
Roger Allen Fitzpatrick, Jim Hall, Ivy Helm,
Raymond LaCasse, and Dale Ellingsen.

The event starts with a 3:30 PM Ceremony,  then there’ll be a chance to share stories, memories, and light refreshments at a Reception.  Please join us!

19 “Leaves of Remembrance” in front of the Dutch Shisler Sobering Center (at 1930 Boren Avenue).   These will be the first Leaves laid there!

We’re remembering these beloved community members:
William “Bill” Burns, William “Bill” Bailey, Terri Bigelow, Suzanne Sims, AnatoliyRotaru, Andrew Appel, Brian Raymond, Wayne Peters, Timothy Smith, Pattaya “Tony” Poochaiyamont, Michele Martz, Darwin “Cowboy” Engleking, Lloyd Grant, Aileen “Sonny” Grant, Arthur “Poncho” Kodwat, Russell Ratliff, Ronald Hamm, Charles T. Moon, and Arthur “Bear” DeLeon.

The event starts with a 9 AM Ceremony, then there’ll be a chance to share stories, memories, and light refreshments at a Reception.  Please join us!

Dutch Shisler Sobering Center

Dutch Shisler Sobering Center

almost 100 people gathered

Gathering in Ballard

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 »

Please join us at 3 pm on Sunday, October 13th, at the dedication of 25 Leaves of Remembrance around Ballard Commons Park. A reception will follow, at nearby Nyur Urness House. (see map}

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.

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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.

Women in Black vigil

Women in Black vigil

Pastor Linda Smith

Pastor Linda Smith of the Church of Mary Magdalene led the dedication ceremony

BriiodHagan remembers Vern Lindsay

People shared memories

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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.

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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.