the area surrounding the shelter is called “five wounds”. it is characterized by one of the largest portuguese american populations in the nation with its identity deeply rooted in portuguese culture. crocheting is a traditional portuguese art form, and is still practiced within the community. members of a crochet group meet regularly at the portuguese organization for social services and opportunities (“posso”), at santa clara & 23rd st to practice their craft.
the station patterns incorporate crochet laces by members of the crochet group, referencing items related to the holy ghost festa (ihs crowns and doves), a large annual community celebration. the holy ghost festas tradition was brought to california by azorean immigrants in the late 1800s.
images and items provided by the posso portuguese organization for social services and posso crochet group