Beautiful Magnolia Tree of Hope


A majestic magnolia tree anchors the corner of our property, which is located between a hospital and a local subway station, where hundreds pass daily. We invited our community to write a message, their dreams, wishes, or a prayer on a strand of ribbon and then tie that message to the tree and let the birds deliver their message to the Cosmos and Heaven.


A single tree transformed thousands of lives in our Brooklyn Community – HOW? – It provided hope and healing during the global pandemic. This video captures that experience:


Many thanks to collaborators Nancy Wu, Jean Davis, Leah & Naomi Rosenthal, Vivienne & Colette Watts, Bob Henry, and Ivo Stainoff whose words, artistry, and passion made the “prayer tree” possible.


Dedicated to Chloe Henry and her friends.