Leading a contemplative walk through Sisters Community Labyrinth, housing advocate Mandee Seeley honored people who died while unhoused in Sisters Country. photo by TL Brown Living unsheltered in Sisters Country can be difficult, cold, and even deadly. On December 21, Mandee Seeley honored those who have died. Seeley was inspired by an event held in Bend. According to organizers of The Longest Night, twice as many people in Central Oregon are homeless today as there were in 2013. “Even though we haven’t lost anyone here in Sisters this year, we have in the past, so I wanted to honor them in their own community,” said Seeley. While walking Sisters Community Labyrinth, Seeley thought about “the two folks we’ve lost since I moved here in 2016… even one life is too many.” They might still be alive, she noted, “if they’d had a safe, warm place to call home.” The walk was unofficial, with the annual labyrinth Solstice gathering canceled due to COVID-19. Last year’s winter solstice walk featured ceremonial elements, a toasty fire, and nearly 50 celebrants. This year, Seeley and her family simply walked the labyrinth with just a few masked friends and supporters. Afterward, Seeley’s daughter said in a voice full of longing, “I wish we could have a house. I don’t care if it’s in the middle of the wilderness!” She said she was tired of sharing a small bed with her little brother. The Seeley family stumbled onto Sisters Country over four years ago. They […]