• Photos of Solstice Vigil December 21, 2017

    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!  

  • Solstice Candlelight Vigil December 21, 2017

    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…

  • Leaves at Seattle Central Library August 25, 2017

    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,…

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    Mary’s Place/Gethsemane Leaf Dedication July 8, 2017

    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…

  • Pictures of New Leaves in Ballard May 21, 2017

    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.

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

    New Ballard Leaves May 21, 2017

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

  • Winter Solstice Vigil 2016

    Long before people knew about the Earth’s tilted axis and its orbit around the sun, they observed the Solstice, and created rituals around its occurrence. In our northern latitudes the nights grow longer until we reach this hinge moment. Though Spring is a long time coming, the turning soon begins, toward the light. Hope begins in darkness. In that spirit Women in Black remembered the homeless dead on the Winter Solstice, Wednesday, December 21st, 2016. The people we honored were our neighbors, and in some cases, our friends and our kin. Many died heartbreakingly young, many by violence or accident. Even deaths we might call natural cause us to lament—for…

  • 2016 WHEEL Women in Black List of the Dead in King County

    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…

  • Ballard Leaf Dedication October 2, 2016: Photos

    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!    

  • New Ballard Leaves October 2, 2016

    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,…

  • July 29, 2016 Leaf Dedication: Photos

    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.

  • New Leaves in Lake City: July 29, 2016

    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: Robert Shand Steve Pond Scott Trezise Eugene Menard Reception at Seattle Mennonite Church will follow the Dedication.

  • Winter Solstice Vigil 2015

    This year, Women in Black statistics have broken our hearts and all previous records: At least 60 women and men have died outside or by violence in King County through November. To reckon with this injustice and remember those lost, we stood with friends, supporters, and faith community leaders on the Solstice, the Longest Night of the year, which was designated “National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day.” We gathered at sunset (4:20 PM) at our Tree of Life in Victor Steinbrueck Park, then silently walked through the Market to Westlake Park, where we stood for an hour-long vigil. Afterwards, we gathered together to share and remember those lost. Reverend Pat Simpson’s…