Why is it called the Umbrella Project?

Our family lost our father and husband unexpectedly in 2015. Our then 22-year-old daughter embarked on her own healing journey by thru-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail the following summer. Our dad was an artist who loved to engage people everywhere with his “umbrella project.” He would spread umbrellas across streets, float them on lakes, hang them from trees—and get the local community involved. When we thought about a name for our program, we realized we already had one that represents shelter, sanctuary and inclusion—and honors the genesis of this program: the Umbrella Project.