By Susan Levy
Seattle Parks and Recreation Department presented their 2014 Denny Awards this month. The award for Community Stewardship went to the Homeless Remembrance Project Committee. PSARA member Sally Kinney was one of the members of the Committee that received the award.
This committee has worked to create places of hope, healing and beauty in memory and honor of homeless people. For 10 years, the Homeless Remembrance Project–a collaborative effort of homeless women, faith community leaders, designers, artists, social service providers, and other friends–has worked to create places of hope, healing, and beauty, to honor and remember homeless people who’ve died in King County.
The concept is twofold: The Tree of Life, in Victor Steinbrueck Park, is a sculpture with space for community gathering, hope, and healing; recognizing that we are one people, homeless and housed together, and we can end homelessness. Leaves of Remembrance on Seattle sidewalks bear the names of those who have died, and at the website Fallen Leaves we share their stories.