WHEEL

Happy New Year!  Effective 1-10-19 WHEEL now has its own website!  Please visit http://www.wheelforwomen.org/

Mission:

The Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL) is a non-profit and non-hierarchical group of homeless and formerly homeless women working on ending homelessness for women.  WHEEL is all about empowerment and action.

WHEEL is the women-only, women-concerned sister organization to SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort).  Both WHEEL and SHARE provide self-managed shelters—including Tent Cities.

WHEEL works to get women out of the places where they have been hiding, recognize each woman as an individual and involve women in the process of improving programs and creating new programs for their own needs.

WHEEL’s goals are to give voice and leadership to homeless women, to organize campaigns around increased services and safety for women, and to develop and support self-managed shelters.

Since 1993, WHEEL has initiated many campaigns that have improved the lives of all women.  Our efforts have included:

  • Pushing for longer hours at shelters and drop-in centers
  • Moving the entrance DESC from “Crack Alley” to Third Avenue
  • Holding yearly Homeless Women’s Forums, community gatherings.
  • Establishing new shelters, day programs, meal projects and housing for women…including the County Winter Women's Shelter, Meal of Fortune, and Dorothy Day House

Current Projects:

Women in Black standing August 2010
Women in Black silent witnessing vigils are held whenever a homeless person dies outside in King County.  After notification of a death, we stand the following Wednesday, from noon to 1 PM outside the Seattle Justice Center (at 5th and Cherry Streets).  In 2018, at least 114 people died outside or by violence--a heartbreaking all-time record!  We've stood for more than 950 people since we started these vigils in the year 2000.  To get on our email notification list for vigils, please write wheelorg@yahoo.com

 

Leaf of Remembrance for Davina Garrison
Homeless Remembrance Project,  public places to honor and remember homeless people who have died.  We've worked with church and community leaders since 2003, and established a "Tree of Life" sculpture and celebratory gathering place at Victor Steinbrueck Park near Pike Place Market in 2012.  Our Committee has also placed hundreds of "Leaves of Remembrance," with names, in sidewalks all over Seattle.  For more information about this project, please visit FallenLeaves.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Homeless-Remembrance-Project/184372257014

Tent City3is a self-managed camp of up to 100 homeless women, men, and couples, which rotates among churches/spaces mainly in Seattle which we co-sponsor with SHARE.

Tent City4 is a 100-person self-managed camp in suburban Seattle, mainly the Eastside which we co-sponsor with SHARE.

Shelter for Women:   For the past several years there has been a severe lack of shelter for homeless women.  Our current projects and campaigns include:  facilitation and staffing of our own large, low-barrier WHEEL Shelter for Women, which is open year-round, 8 PM to 6:30 or 7:30 AM at Trinity Episcopal Parish (609 8th Ave.).  This shelter started in the year 2000 as a Severe Weather Shelter; our advocacy made it year-round and permanent!  We also often are Organizing for Provision of More Shelter for Women.

The Women’s Empowerment Center is a self-managed day organizing, arts and education center for women, currently on hiatus.

The Dorothy Day Group works for more housing, food, dignity, power and community among homeless women.  We sponsored two projects in the past:  Sandwichmaking and distributing sandwiches at local parks, and producing and distributing our own newsletter, The Occasional Times.  This group now does special projects only, but may be reborn soon!
 
Beloved Community: The Sisterhood of Homeless Women in Poetry is a beautifully-bound anthology of poetry by homeless and formerly homeless women collected by WHEEL over many years, published by Whit Press in 2007.

WHEEL Schedule:

Weekly Organizing Meetings
1 PM Mondays at Mary's Place Community Center (1830 Ninth Avenue)
AND 1 PM Thursdays at Angeline's Day Center (3rd/Lenora)
Strategizing meetings for WHEEL —every homeless/formerly homeless woman  has a voice and vote.

Women in Black
Wednesdays, noon—1 PM as needed

Municipal Courthouse, 5th & James

We notify people by email when we need to stand vigil.

Homeless Remembrance Project Committee
Second Friday of each month, 2:30 PM
Environmental Works Community Design Center Conference Room
402--15th Avenue East (and Harrison, Capitol Hill)
We're a fun Committee of homeless women, faith community leaders, design professionals, social service providers, and others.  We need more Committee Members!

Breakfast & Education Project
Thursdays, 8:30 AM—11:30 AM
  Now year-round!
Antioch University (6th & Battery)
A collaborative effort of WHEEL, the Sisters Project and Antioch, this project offers breakfast, workshops and activities.

Women’s Empowerment Center (on hiatus!  check back in 2019!)
Sundays

The Occasional Times Newsletter (on hiatus!  check back in 2019!)

Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League

Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 2548
Seattle, WA 98111-2548

Street Address:  between 3rd & 2nd off Stewart, alley entrance behind Josephinum

Phone:   (206)  956-0334

Fax:       (206)  448-2389

Email:  wheelorg@yahoo.com


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