Lisa Vach 1982–2020

Lisa was described by friends as kind, and funny, and an artist. She was murdered in Cal Anderson Park on September 16, 2020, at 38.

Many of Lisa’s friends stood vigil for her with Women in Black on September 23rd.

WHEEL is profoundly grateful to announce the reopening of our Women’s Empowerment Center, a self-managed Sunday Arts and Education program at our WHEEL First Presbyterian Shelter (715 Spring Street) every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM, open to all homeless and formerly homeless women. This was made possible by an extremely generous legacy gift made in memory Lisa Vach by her sister Carolle Michelle.

Lisa was an incredibly gifted, artistic and loving woman. We’re honored to be able to help keep her love of art and creativity alive at the Women’s Empowerment Center. We’re so very thankful to Carolle Michelle for making this connection and offering this support.

Visual artist Carmen Lomas Garza said “Art is not a privilege, it’s a right. It’s a fundamental part of being human.” Homelessness often leads to feeling isolated. Being able to exercise the right to art and expression will help restore community, and help participants celebrate their full humanity.

We will never forget Lisa Vach. Her name and her legacy will always be a blessing at the Women’s Empowerment Center, which opens Sunday December 2, 2023!

There is much more about Lisa:

Lisa’s Leaf is on the 4th Avenue side of Seattle City Hall. If you have memories or photos of Lisa, please post a comment.

Featured Leaf December 2023

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