• 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…

  • A Special Living Leaf for Roger Andrews

    On 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…

  • 2014 Winter Solstice Vigil

    On December 21st, the longest night of the year, Women in Black held a candlelight Winter Solstice Vigil, beginning at the Tree of Life in Victor Steinbrueck Park at sunset, to remember and honor the homeless people in our community who died outside or by violence in 2014. The ritual was led by Rev. Pat Simpson and Rev. Brandon Duran. After the ceremony at the Tree of Life, we walked silently through Pike Place Market, candles in hand, to Westlake Park, where we stood silent vigil for one hour for 41 individuals. 

  • Winter Solstice Vigil 2014

    Please join us for the WHEEL/Church of Mary Magdalene WOMEN IN BLACK CANDLELIGHT VIGIL FOR ALL 2014 OUTDOOR/VIOLENT HOMELESS DEATHS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21st AT THE TREE OF LIFE VICTOR STEINBRUECK PARK (N. OF PIKE PLACE MARKET) 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)…

  • University Temple United Methodist Church Leaf Dedication, October 12, 2014

    On Sunday, October 12th, supporters, family, and friends gathered to witness and celebrate the dedication of 14 new Leaves of Remembrance in front of the 15th Avenue NE entrance to University Temple United Methodist Church (1415 NE 43rd). These were the first Leaves laid there! With these Leaves, we remembered these beloved community members: Bob Quinn, 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. 

  • October 12, 2014: Dedication and reception at University Temple United Methodist Church

    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…

  • Ballard Commons Park Leaf Dedication, September 28, 2014

    On Sunday, September 28th, we held a ceremony to dedicate and place six new Leaves of Remembrance at Ballard Commons Park (57th NW/NW 22nd), during the Sustainable Ballard Festival. The new Leaves honor Jeffrey Parker Bouck, Kenny Stoddard, Will Johnson, Cecil “Marty” White Face, Michael “Mike” Sheely, and Marvin “Marv” Hosking, Jr. We also rededicated a pre-existing Leaf for Karen Lee Pedersen. We were honored that the Stoddard family traveled 350 miles, from Orville, Washington, for this dedication ceremony.

  • Seattle Justice Center Leaf Dedication for Daryl Ford, September 24, 2014

    On Wednesday, September 24, 2014, following a Women in Black vigil, we laid a Leaf of Remembrance for Daryl Ford alongside several others in front of the Seattle Justice Center. His sister Connie remembers him as a gentle man who enjoyed the simple things in life, especially ice cream. We stood vigil for Mr. Ford earlier this year.

  • Ballard Leaf Dedication Sunday September 28, 2014

    YOU’RE INVITED to THE HOMELESS REMEMBRANCE PROJECT’s “Leaves of Remembrance” Dedication in BALLARD!! Leaves of Remembrance Dedication & Reception Sunday, September 28th, 2014 3:30 PM at Ballard Commons Park (57th NW & NW 22nd) Reception to follow at Bridge Care Center (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,…

  • September 24, 2014: Vigil and Leaf for Daryl Ford

    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…

  • DESC and Compass Housing Leaf Dedications, August 22, 2014

    On August 22nd, we laid five additional leaves in Pioneer Square. Abel Gonzalez and Brandon Jeffrey Mickelson were honored at the Compass Housing Alliance, and Gerald “TC Willie” Aust, Patrick Joseph, and Arthur Lee Lassiter were each honored at DESC.