In 2003, when WHEEL decided to create a permanent place of remembrance for homeless people who’ve died, we called together allies: homeless people, faith community leaders, designers, artists, social service providers and other friends. We worked together for many years, building momentum and community support.
Two very gifted Project Managers gave us early technical support and guidance: Dakota Keene, a landscape designer and planner with Mithun, Inc., and then Jan Gleason of Environmental Works. Jan retired in 2009 due to ill health, and died of cancer in January, 2010: Remembering Jan Gleason.
Our current project manager is Mark Millett.
When we won a Small and Simple Award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods in 2007, we were able to hire a brilliant, professional team of artists and designers to help our community create a conceptual design for the Homeless Remembrance Project: