• 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…

  • 2015 Winter Solstice Vigil: December 21

    WHEEL/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…

  • Mary’s Place/Gethsemane Leaf Dedication, September 26, 2015

    On Saturday, September 26th, out of the Mary’s Place morning worship service at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, we blessed and dedicated six new Leaves of Remembrance for our beloved sisters Phyllis Detienne, Susi Henderson, Kim Winters, Mai Huynh, Gail Nora Brackeen, and Sally Corbett. Here are a few photos from the ceremony.

  • Leaf Dedication at University Temple United Methodist Church, September 25, 2015

    We dedicated and blessed two Leaves of Remembrance at University Temple United Methodist Church on September 25th, for John Read Avery and Lorraine Wong. We were honored to be joined by many from the University Temple ministries (the Friday Feast, the Thrift Shop, the Urban Rest Stop, ROOTS, the Needle Exchange) and by Emerald City Metropolitan Community Church. Childhood friends of John Read Avery and many who knew Lorraine Wong joined us and shared stories and memories of the beloved and real people they lost—too young—to homelessness.

  • September 26, 2015 Dedication of New Leaf Site: Mary’s Place

    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!

  • September 25, 2015 Dedication at University Temple United Methodist Church

    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!  

  • Leaf Dedication at Ballard Commons Park, June 18, 2015

    On June 18th, more than 80 people gathered to lay down and bless three new Leaves of Remembrance around Ballard Commons Park. They were homeless, once-homeless and never-been-homeless people gathered together, and the feeling of community love and spirit was extraordinary and profound. Early on, a Bridge Care Center worker had to go across the street to St. Luke’s church to fetch a box of Kleenex. Through the afternoon, many tears of grief and joy were shed. The Ballard dedication timeline was driven by a special request made by Evelyn and Brian Gooch, parents of Dana “Fish” Gooch, whose Leaf was laid that day. Just two days after the Dedication…