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2012 National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Events

Over 150 cities hold Memorial Day Events each year. Details for some of this year’s events are listed below. If you don’t see your event, please let us know what you are planning. Click here to learn more about National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day.

2012 Memorial Day Events

Arizona

Tucson

On December 19th, 2012 a special memorial was provided at the Evergreen Cemetery in midtown. There the victims of homelessness were honored and remembered through music, speeches, elected officials, and those who knew the victims. It was put on by the Primavera Foundation, a group that dedicates their time to help those suffering from poverty. The service was open to the public. 


California


Concord
The 8th Annual Homeless Memorial was held on November 9th, 2012 at the Concord United Methodist Church. The memorial has been organized and hosted by Project HOPE, a homeless outreach program run by the Concord-based Anka Behavioral Health Inc. The service will recognize 35 men and women who died whilst living on the streets or encampments. The memorial will include a color guard composed of veterans, prayer, guest speakers, County behavioral health and homeless services departments, and homeless and veteran affairs advocates. All were invited to attend.

Glendale
Homeless service providers and the people they serve gathered outside the Glendale National Guard Armory on Friday, December 21st, 2012, to commemorate the lives of six who died, after living on the streets in Glendale.

Long Beach
Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless will host a Memorial at Noon on December 21 at City hall plaza next to a park where many homeless find themselves during the day. www.HomelessLB.org

Los Angeles
Sponsored by Skid Row’s Weingart Center, in front of City Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall, were open cardboard coffins lined up. Some volunteers stood inside the vertical signs, others with horizontal signs were lying down. Next to each coffin was the sign that read, “Every day in L.A., one person who sleeps on the street dies there,” and then directed people to the Weingart Center’s website. This movement was created in order for a younger audience to be aware through social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, in order for them to become more educated about homelessness in L.A.

Merced
On Friday, December 21st, 2012 a memorial at the Open Air Theatre at Applegate Park will be held to honor those who have passed while living on the streets. Golden Valley Health Center organized the event with the D Street Shelter, where at the end of the event, pastries, hot chocolate, care packages, and coats will be given away. 

Milpitas
EHC LifeBuilders hosted a Memorial Service at Boccardo Reception Center on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Modesto
Gathering of people held a candlelight vigil outside of The Salvation Army for the eleven men and women who died in the Modesto area on December 20th, 2012. www.salvationarmyusa.org

Palm Springs
Issued a City Proclamation and then presented to a local homeless service provider. www.palmspringsca.gov

Pasadena
On Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at All Saints Church, a memorial was provided to honor and recognize ‘their lives and membership in the human family.’
www.allsaints-pas.org

Redding
At the Good News Rescue Mission’s chapel on Thursday, December 20th, 2012, was a memorial in which the city of Redding and Shasta County Homeless Continuum of Care Council read the names of local homeless people who died in 2012 and then added their names to a plaque on the wall at chapel. The service was held to not only recognize the victims of homelessness but to raise awareness of homelessness in the area.

San Diego
Sixty-one pairs of shoes were placed on the steps of the County Administration Center to represent the sixty-one people who have perished over the past year. The deceased were remembered with a memorial walk and a candlelight vigil as well.

San Jose
There was a community memorial on Saturday, December 8th, 2012 after Joan Anne Hughes was murdered, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. The $2,700 that was collected on her behalf was donated to the Silicon Valley-based InnVision homeless shelter network.   San Luis Opispo

San Luis Opispo
People gathered on December 20th outside of the SLO County Superior Courthouse to light candles and sing to commemorate the lives that have been lost from homelessness. The event was held to raise awareness to people who have lost their lives without homes and to sleeping out in the cold.

Santa Cruz
The Homeless Services Center held the annual Homeless Memorial Ceremony to pay tribute to those who have passed away while being homeless. There were memorial flags for each of the deceased that were hung up on the walls.

Ventura
Lift Up Your Voice to End Homelessness and Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura held Homeless Persons’ Memorial on Sunday, December 16, to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and remember those who have died homeless this past year in Ventura County. www.liftupyourvoice.org


Colorado

Boulder
The Boulder community held a memorial to remember the members of the homeless community who passed away. The event was sponsored by Bridge House, the Boulder Human Relations Commission, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, and Fiori Flowers. 

Colorado Springs
The Boulder community held a memorial to remember the members of the homeless community who passed away. The event was sponsored by Bridge House, the Boulder Human Relations Commission, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, and Fiori Flowers. 

Denver
A group of people took a moment of silence around the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park. They gathered, holding different types of memorabilia that commemorated their time in the military, and remembered the four homeless veterans that died this past year. A bagpiper was followed by a rifle salute from the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard Team. 

Grand Junction
A dozen community members gather around a tree every year in Hawthorne Park to remember those who have died from being homeless. The candle lighting and prayer ceremony took place at this park where the Grand Valley Coalition for the Homeless planted this tree. Since 2008, the coalition and other various volunteer groups have partnered up to provide temporary shelter during the coldest months of the year.

Pueblo
The seventh annual Pueblo Homeless Memorial, hosted by Posada, was held at the Boettcher Outdoor Education Center as the lives of ten people, who were homeless, were remembered.


Connecticut

Danielson
Candle lighting ceremony was held at the Davis Park gazebo. Local faith communities and Generations Family Health Center remembered homeless friends, loved ones, patients, and community members that have died. At the end of the ceremony they accepted hygiene products and non-perishable foods for the Killingly/Brooklyn area.

Hartford
At Center Church on Friday, December 21st, 2012 there was a memorial service. This event also marked the beginning draft process to create the “Homeless Bill of Rights” for Connecticut.

Middleton
St. Vincent DePaul and the Community Health Center will be holding a memorial service and a candlelight vigil to remember the homeless individuals that have passed away this past year, and will be held at the Church of Holy Trinity.

New Britain
A service of remembrance will be held for the homeless individuals that have passed away in New Britain. The names of those who are being remembered will be read and all were welcome at the South Congregational Church.

New London
People gathered at All Souls Church to remember those who had passed. The service included a mix of prayer and response, performance of songs, candles, and a moment of silence. Along the Jay Street sidewalks, 38 winter hats adorned the candy-cane stakes, each with the name of the homeless person that had passed since 2008.

New Milford
Homeless Memorial Vigil was held on Friday December 21st, 2012 at the New Milford Town Green, in which all of the homeless and formerly homeless that have died over the years will be remembered. Also took this time to call to attention the economic hardship and struggle that many Americans are facing at this point.

Norwich
A lasagna dinner and talent showcase was scheduled at the St. Vincent De Paul Place soup kitchen, in which all proceeds benefited the Norwich Hospitality Center, “No Freeze Shelter.”

Putnam
A Homeless memorial walk and vigil began at the Putnam farmers Market and ended at the Rotary Park. All attendees were asked to donate a non-perishable food item or an article of warm clothing.


District of Columbia

Washington, DC
At the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, participants gathered to remember those who had passed away due to homelessness through song, candles, and sharing memories. The vigil is held every year to provide a time and a place for friends and advocates, to recognize the passing of members of the community.


Florida

Charlotte Co.
At the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition center, community members came to remember the six homeless individuals who passed away through a candlelight vigil, a speaker, and music.

Citrus County
The Citrus County community gathered at the Crystal River Mall in front of the Hospice of Citrus County’s Tree of Remembrance to remember person’s, without homes, who died in this past year, and previous years. After sharing passages from the Bible, those in attendance shared stories about the homeless who had passed away.

Crystal River
A Memorial Service will be held in front of Hospice of Citrus County's Tree of Remembrance, December 21, 2012 at 6:00pm at the Crystal River Mall

Fort Lauderdale
There was a memorial service that was held that included a reading of names and candle lighting. The children’s daycare center provided ornaments that looked like houses, which then had all the names of those who had passed away on them. Audience members were asked to place the ornaments on the tree in the Sanctuary, while the names were being called, and from there had music to commemorate the homeless who had passed away. 

Fort Myers
The Lee County Homeless Coalition’s 16th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of the Old Lee County Courthouse located at 2120 Main Street in Fort Myers. The Candlelight Vigil mourns those who have died while living on the streets or in shelters, and it educates communities that the lack of affordable housing, shelter, living wages, and accessible health care is a problem that must be addressed.
 
Jacksonville
Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of Northeast Florida will be holding a Memorial Service on Friday, December 21st, 12:00 Noon, at the Salvation Army Chapel in downtown Jacksonville (15 E Church Street). The Service will include brief testimonies from service providers, reading of names, lighting of candles, and music.

Leon County (Tallahassee)
On Friday December 21st, 2012 at The Shelter and Renaissance Community Center had a memorial service for those who passed away while being homeless, and also recognized the advocates and formerly homeless friends who passed away.

Melbourne
At the Daily Bread soup kitchen and service center had their annual memorial service for those who had passed away while being homeless. There were prayers and songs during the ceremony, with a concluding procession of a wreath and a white cross bearing all of the names of the deceased. 

Monroe County (Key West)
On Dec. 21, 2012 the residents of the Upper Keys in Monroe County, Florida will gather at noon in Settlers Park, mm 92 Oceanside, Tavernier, FL to remember their neighbors who died while homeless in the past year.  The theme this year while remembering all of our homeless neighbors is to focus especially on our homeless veterans.

Naples
At 2001 Airport Road S. in East Naples was a memorial service in order to remember those who had passed away this past year. The vigil was held at St. Matthew’s House, and was open to the public to commemorate those who died while being homeless.

Pinellas County (St. Petersburg)
Organized by Celebrate Outreach, Trinity Lutheran Church held a service to honor the homeless people who passed away in 2012. After the memorial service, the evening concluded with a dinner.

Sarasota
The Salvation Army, Sarasota Ministerial Association and the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness sponsored a memorial dedicated to the homeless who passed away, at The Salvation Army Shelter and Social Service Complex, 1400 10th St., Sarasota. The memorial had several speakers and an official name reading from each homeless person who had died the past year.

St. Augustine
Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of St Johns County hosted our 14th Annual Homeless Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Service on December 20th at 5:30pm at First United Methodist Church.

Suwannee Co. (Live Oak)
Love In The Name of Christ (Love INC) hosted a candlelight vigil at Millennium Park in downtown Live Oak that recognized those who had passed away in 2012 while being homeless. Donations of pop-top canned goods, new/slightly used blankets, and new socks were accepted as well.

Tampa
At Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa held a candlelight service in the park that honored the 67 homeless people who died in 2012. The ceremony featured a choir and an official name reading, with a candle that represented each person who had passed.


Georgia

Atlanta
Hosted the Homeless Persons’ Memorial, and before that had provided food two times a week in Hurt Park of Atlanta, Georgia. This group is incorporated under the name of DEPS, which stands for “Displaying Empathy for the Poor and the Shelterless.”

Decatur
Observed the National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day with community members coming together lighting candles and holding up signs with each of the names of those who passed away at the Oasis Day Center.

Hinesville
The Liberty County Homeless Coalition will hold a Candle Light Vigil on Friday, December 21, 2012, 6:PM to 8:PM, at Bradwell Park, Downtown Hinesville.

Marietta
A candlelight vigil was held on Friday December 21st, 2012 to honor those who lived and died in homelessness. It was held at the First United Methodist Church of Marietta and was sponsored by various homeless groups around the Metro area.


Idaho

Boise
An Interfaith Homeless Persons' Memorial Vigil will be held on Friday, December 21 2012, from 7-8 pm at Interfaith Sanctuary shelter located at 1620 W. River Street, Boise Idaho. Hospitality will be provided at Corpus Christi Day Shelter, 525 Americana Blvd (next to Sanctuary) immediately following the vigil.


Illinois

Belleville
The St. Clair County Homeless Initiative and the Angels of St. Clair County sponsored a memorial service for the homeless people who have died this past year. The service was held at St. Paul United Church of Christ at 115 W. B St. in Belleville. Everyone in the community was invited to join the homeless initiative for this service of remembrance.

Chicago
The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless held a memorial service and candlelight vigil to remember those who died while homeless at Old St. Patrick’s Church (700 W. Adams) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.

Rockford
At The Carpenter’s Place there was a memorial which was open to the public that honored men and women ranging from the ages of 20 to 78, and may have had housing when they died or they cycled in and out of homelessness for years by having their names read aloud.


Indiana

Evansville
At the Trinity United Methodist Church, the annual gathering for the Evansville Homeless Memorial Service, a group of community members came to remember those who have struggled and have passed away while being homeless. Eighty-one candles were lit to represent all of the individuals who have passed away since 1990, including an “unknown candle” that represent anyone who has passed that the community is not aware of. 

Indianapolis
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention held a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day event on December 21, 2012 at Christ Church Cathedral.

Jeffersonville


Iowa

Davenport
At the Quad-Cities Shelter and Transitional Housing Council hosted the annual memorial service at the Community Health Care clinic parking lot at 500 W. River Drive. The service included music, poetry readings, prayers, and a moment of silence for those who have passed. During the vigil, donations of coats, hats, gloves, blankets, toiletries, and other cold weather necessities were accepted.

Des Moines
Joppa Outreach will hold the Iowa Homeless Memorial - A candlelight vigil – on Friday, December 21st at the West Capitol Terrace at the State Capitol from 5:30-6:00pm.


Kentucky

Lexington
On November 1st, 2012, members of the Street Voice Council and the Community Inn placed twenty-two tombstones in high traffic areas around Lexington in order for the residents to remember and honor the victims of homelessness who have passed away. It coincided with the Day of the Dead and the start of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month with the number “36,897” which is meant to represent the number of people who died homeless in 2011.

Louisville
Recognized National Homeless Person’s Day in order to give an opportunity for those who were, knew, or are homeless to be remembered. The point is to bring together the communities, around the area, to remember those who had passed in 2012.

Paducah
Tent City Missions Community Resource Center in Paducah Kentucky, will be hosting a candle light vigil Friday, December 21st, from 6-7pm on the stage at the Ohio Riverfront in honor of all who have lost their lives during or due to complications of experiencing homelessness.


Maine

Bangor
The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter will be holding memorial services on Friday, December 21, 2012, at 5:45 pm, at Hammond Street Congregational Church. Guest speakers, music, and refreshments to honor those who have passed in our area while homeless.

Portland
There was a candlelight procession through Congress Street to Monument Square where people gathered to remember those who had died in 2012 while being homeless. The group read through thirty different names, with different people coming up to light a candle for each individual with acoustical music.


Maryland

Baltimore
Scheduled a memorial service at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, and was organized by SHARP (Stop Hunger and Reduce Poverty) on December 21st, 2012. The name of the city’s residents who died in the past year while homeless was read aloud.

Elkton
Meeting Ground held a service of remembrance on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 5PM at the Mary Randall Center, 401 North Street. A short service and reception will honor our friends who have died in the last year.


Massachusetts

Boston
The Church on the Hill, will be hosting 23rd National Homeless Memorial Service on December 21, 2012 at 12:00 Noon at Church on the Hill 140 Bowdoin Street Beacon Hill.  We will be reading names and lighting candles as we remember those we have lost in the last year.  Members of the homeless community and the people who serve them will also provide music on this the "shortest day and longest night" to be homeless.  Food and refreshments will follow the event in the church function room. All are welcome.

Hyannnis
Duffy Health Center will be holding a service at the Federated Church in Hyannis at 5:30pm on Friday, December 21, 2012. Included in the service there will be bag pipes, a choir made up of consumers and providers and candles lit for each member of the homeless community that passed away last year.

Springfield
Christ Church Cathedral and Arise for Social Justice will be holding a Memorial Service at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday, December 21, 2012, at 1 pm., 35 Chestnut St.


Michigan

Traverse City
Candlelight vigil was held at Grace Episcopal Church on December 21st, 2012. The service included a blessing, a moment of silence, and a rolling list of names that have died homeless in the area, with seven names added this past year. 

Kalamazoo
On January 19th, 2013 The National planning group will hold a candlelight vigil for a homeless man who froze to death this past fall. The Occupy movement will also recognize those who have passed while being homeless to bring a voice to those who are not being heard.


Minnesota

Duluth
On the steps of Duluth City Hall, a group of people remembered the people who died homeless in their community. As each name was read a candle was lit in memory of each person. 

Minneapolis
On December 20th, friends, families, and advocates carried signs, in a silent march, bearing the first names of each person who had passed away while being homeless. The service will include music, lighting of candles, and a reading of names with a reflection about each person. After the service, a dinner at the Simpson United Methodist Church will be held for both the homeless and the housed to sit side by side.


Mississippi

Hattiesburg
The memorial service will be held on December 21st, 2012 at the fountain located behind City Hall to remember and recognize those who passed away this year. Attendees gathered to light candles and also to show their support they were asked to support agencies that work to end homelessness in the area.


Missouri

St. Louis
Homeless advocates, clergy, and the homeless themselves gathered at Centenary to remember the twenty-two who passed away this past year. To remember each of the homeless who had passed, as each name was read a bell was rung in remembrance.


Montana

Helena
At the Headwaters Covenant Church there was a service to bring honor to those who had passed in 2012 while homeless.

Kalispell
Samaritan House will be holding a ceremony honoring all those who have passed away this year in Montana, Friday, December 21, 2012, at Noon in Depot Park.

Yellowstone County (Billings)
RiverStone Health’s Healthcare for the Homeless held a candlelight vigil to remember the homeless who died in the past year. The ceremony was held at the Yellowstone County Courthouse, and the attendees were asked to bring a donation for the homeless people in the community. A camp of cloth tents will bear the initials of each lost member of the community.


Nevada

Las Vegas
At HELP of Southern Nevada campus at 1640 E. Flamingo Road at 4pm there will be a service to memorialize each of the homeless people who died this past year.


New Hampshire

Concord
On Friday December 21st, 2012 there was a candlelight vigil to remember the homeless people who have died.

Keene
On Friday December 21st, 2012 there was a candlelight vigil that included church bells ringing for five minutes at the start of the service, which was then followed by singing and a procession to the shelter to remember those who passed away while being homeless.

Laconia
Catholic Charities will be holding a Memorial Vigil on Friday, December 21, 2012, at 5:30pm at Veteran's Square.

Manchester
From six to seven in Veterans Park on Friday December 21st, 2012 there was a memorial service to honor those who have passed while homeless.

Nashua
In front of the Main Street Methodist Church, a group of people gathered for a prayer vigil to pay tribute to the homeless individuals who passed.

Newport
6pm Vigil on the Common, that is followed by a soup and bread supper at Epiphany Church to remember those who passed while homeless and be in community with one another.

Peterborough
At 5:30 pm, outside of the Peterborough Town House, a group of people gathered to honor the individuals who had passed the past year while being homeless. The group sang together and closed with a blessing.

Portsmouth
A group marched from Vaughan Mall to the park, where they held a memorial for those who lost their lives die to the hardships of homelessness. Participants read off names of people with whom they met through working with the homeless who died this past year.

New Jersey

Camden
Project H.O.P.E. scheduled an event that provided guest speakers, presentations on available services, a complimentary lunch, and then conducted a memorial service at the Bergen-Lanning Health Center.

Jersey City
The Garden State Episcopal Community’s interfaith memorial took place at 1pm at the Church of the Incarnation at 68 Storms Ave. Throughout the day, volunteers were invited to make sandwiches and put together bagged gifts for the homeless.

Mercer County (Trenton)
The event began with breakfast for the homeless, followed by a 10 am service at Turning Point United Methodist Church at 15 South Broad Street in order to remember those who lost their lives while they were on the street.

Middlesex County (North Brunswick)
Along with a candle-light vigil, the program included information about homelessness, music and poetry readings from the homeless people, and a collection of sleeping bags and non-perishable foods. Triple C Housing hosted the event on December 21st, 2012 to show respect to those who lost their lives while being homeless.

Newark
The Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation held an inter-faith homeless memorial service for the homeless neighbors, friends, and loved ones of homeless who died this past year. Volunteers were asked to make up gift bags and bagged meals for the homeless coming to the reception.


New Mexico

Albuquerque
On December 20th, 2012, a homeless memorial vigil was held at the AHCH Memorial wall where Joy Junction provided lunch. There was a silent march to First United Methodist Church in order to have a short ceremony and a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives.

New York

Bronx
Picture the Homeless will hold its annual interfaith memorial service for our homeless brothers and sisters who have passed away this year on Friday, December 21, 2012 at Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South.

Buffalo
The Western New York Coalition for the Homeless will host Memorial Day on Friday, December 21. 2012 at 3pm at the Matt Urban Hope Center, 385 Paderewski Drive.

Jamestown
On Friday, December 21st, 2012 was a memorial at the St. Susan Center located at 31 Water St. to remember those who passed away due to or during their time being homeless.

New York City
Care for the Homeless is holding a memorial program at our main offices at 30 E. 33rd Street, 5th floor, New York City, New York, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on December 21. The program is arranged by Care for the Homeless clients and former clients and Care for the Homeless staff. Speakers will include Care for the Homeless Consumer Advisory Board members and Executive Director Bobby Watts, and will include a public education dimension on homelessness as a health crisis, and candle lighting and exhibits.

Rochester
Four homeless men passed away in June of 2012 and were remembered at St. Mary’s church in Rochester, and with Saint Joseph’s House of Hospitality and House of Mercy held a service to remember these men.

Syracuse
A simple roadside memorial was set up for a homeless individual who died due to smoke inhalation and burns. The memorial was put up by the McBride Street Camp, and the memorial is set up with concrete bags, and has items such as a purple scarf, empty beer bottles and vodka, and two pennies that are at the bottom of the memorial.


North Carolina

Greensboro
On Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 the Homeless Memorial Walk of Remembrance started at Interactive Resource Center (407 E. Washington St.) and ended at Grace Community Church (643 W. Lee St.). The memorial service was to respectfully honor those who have passed away in 2012, and began at 6:15 pm.

High Point
Volunteers and organizers with Partners Ending Homelessness held a memorial community dinner, in order to make those without a permanent address feel whole. The even was at one of the premier buildings during furniture market- Showplace.

Raleigh
Homeless Memorial service to remember & celebrate the homeless who have passed away this year is at South Wilmington St. Center, December 21, 2012 at 7:45pm.


Ohio

Cincinnati
Each year in Cincinnati the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless and others come together to commemorate the lives lost, and to recommit to housing for all. The event was held on Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 at Washington Park, near 14th and Elm.

Cleveland
The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless hosted a candlelight vigil, where the community pays homage to those who passed away or had previous experience with being homeless. The service included lighting candles, taking a moment of silence, and learning how to combat homelessness in the community.

Columbus
This event is held every year to honor and remember those who have passed away who were homeless or formerly homeless. The evening is run by representatives from various faith backgrounds, and is concluded with a candle lighting ceremony.

Dayton

Toledo
On Friday, December 21st, 2012 from 7-8pm, there was a memorial to remember those who have passed away in the last year while unhoused. The ceremony included candles, prayers, singing, and honoring the memory of their lives. Afterwards, there was a light reception for community and fellowship. It was held at Salem Lutheran Church, located at 1127 N. Huron St.


Oklahoma

Tulsa
Those who had passed away in the last year were recognized at a candlelight vigil at the Tulsa Day Center in order to reflect, recognize, and remember those who died due to homelessness.


Oregon

Albany
Homeless individuals, City staff, social service providers, faith based organizations, American Legion Post 10, St. Mary’s School Choir and the general public gathered together on December 21, 2012, at the Albany City Hall Plaza in recognition of three people who lived and died on our streets, in abandoned properties, from illnesses or conditions directly related to homelessness. The event marked the City of Albany’s fourth participation in National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day. The event was sponsored by the city of Albany, Oregon, the Homeless Enrichment and Rehabilitation Team, Samaritan Health Services, American Legion Post 10 and the Community Services Consortium.

Coos Bay
The service was from 5:30 to 6:30pm December 21st, 2012 on the Coos Bay Boardwalk under the shelter of U.S. Highway 101 and Anderson. Guests were asked to bring a candle for a vigil to be held in remembrance of those who passed away due to homelessness and were asked to bring either cookies to share or warm clothing donations.

Grants Pass
Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day: The Longest Night of the Year on December 21, 2012 at the Josephine County Courthouse. This was a remembrance and collaboration to create HOPE for those who are in search of a place to call HOME, facilitated by the Josephine County Homeless Task Force.

Hood River
A vigil on Friday, December 21st, 2012, a group of community members came together to pray, light candles, and speak the names of people who either died, currently are homeless, or previously were homeless. The event was held at Overlook Memorial Park at Second and State streets.

Newport
To those who had lost friends, relatives, and other loved ones to homelessness observed National Homeless Persons Memorial Day through a memorial service at Don Davis Park. Vivid testimonies and memories of each deceased person were told at the service as well.

Portland
Due to the amount of homeless individuals in the area, the Multnomah County asked Street Roots to help provide information and more knowledge on why homelessness is happening. In 2012, 47 people were reported dying while on the streets, so this county took initiative in learning more on how to give back to this community and help fellow community members.


Pennsylvania

Lancaster

Philadelphia
Many gathered at Thomas Paine Plaza with lit candles to remember those who had passed in 2012. Signs with names of the homeless and formerly homeless were held while friends of those who passed away were allowed to speak or tell stories of those who died. The program included poetry, music, a signature memorial, and a roll call of the names.

Pittsburgh
At a street corner in Pittsburgh, people gathered to remember those who had passed away in 2012 by having a memorial on December 21st, 2012. There was an official reading of names, prayer, and song that was included in the program.

Pottstown
At the Smith Family Plaza at 100 E. High Street there was a candle light ceremony to remember those who had passed away in that region. Men’s sweat socks and long johns for men, women, and children were collected at the event.

Wilkes-Barre
At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Procathedral, the Wilkes-Barre County conducted the Homeless Person’s Memorial to commemorate the passing of the formerly and current homeless population. There were guest speakers and a candle lighting to honor those who had passed.


Rhode Island
Providence
At the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul at 30 Fenner St. (off of Broad St.) there was a service and a luncheon to celebrate the strength and the spirit of those who passed away in 2012 while homeless. The service was held at 10:30am. with a luncheon provided at 11:30am.


South Carolina

Spartanburg
The sixth annual Homelessness Vigil was held at the Barnet Park on November 15th, 2012.  The event is held every year to raise awareness of the circumstances of homelessness. Neil Donovan, Executive Director for National Coalition for the Homeless spoke, as well as a number of other entertainers and speakers. Warm clothing and a hot meal was provided as well.

South Dakota

Sioux Falls
Behind Kilian College during the Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, many gathered for a memorial service that’s purpose is not only to remember those who passed away but also to help raise awareness of the many struggles people face. Along the riverbank where the memorial was held, there is a plaque to remember the homeless who have died.


Tennessee

Knoxville
The public was invited to gather to recognize those formerly homeless, those who are homeless, and those who have died while homeless. Knoxville’s fourth annual Homeless Memorial Day service included a candlelight walk starting at Cherokee Health Systems Broadway Clinic, and then followed by a brief memorial service at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Memphis
The Memphis Health Center’s Healthcare for the Homeless Program hosted a memorial service at the Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church at 538 Linden Ave. from 6-8pm. After the service, on December 18th, 2012, dinner was provided. 

Nashville
On Sunday, December 9th, 2012, a homeless memorial service was held under the Jefferson Street Bridge. An opening reception was provided with coffee and pastries, and lunch was also provided after the memorial service. At the service a complete list of names was read, with a time in which anyone could add to the list, if necessary.

Texas

Austin
The mayor of Austin recognized that November 18th, 2012 as Homeless Memorial Day in order to give official recognition to the men, women, and children who are living and dying on the streets.

Bryan-College Station
Community members gathered outside the Twin City Mission Bridge Homeless Shelter to honor those who had passed due to the cold. Many came to light candles to remember the local homeless community and to reflect on the struggles of homelessness.

Corpus Christi
At the 12th annual Sunrise Homeless Memorial Service, Mayor Nelda Martinez encouraged all citizens to remember and recognize the need to help transition the homeless citizens from the streets. The service was held to honor the homeless who died in 2012.

Fort Worth
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition will be holding a candlelight vigil for families of those that have passed at the Salvation Army, 1855 East Lancaster, at 1:30pm. A discussion on the issue of homelessness and a remembrance of lives lost will be held at the Union Gospel Mission, 1321 East Lancaster, at 7:00pm.

Houston
The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston Harris County is hosting a National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Event on Friday, December 21, 2012 on the steps of City Hall (901 Bagby) at 5:30 p.m.  Join us on the steps of City Hall (as we read the names of those who have died while experiencing homelessness. Additionally, we will be collecting blankets, winter coats, hats, scarves, and gloves at the vigil for distribution to members of our community currently experiencing homelessness; your donations will be greatly appreciated. For more information, contact the Coalition for the Homeless at (713) 739-7514).

Lubbock
The Community Health Center of Lubbock is holding a candlelight vigil for December 21st at the Dave Freriks Park. The Center worked with Salvation Army to host the event that included a reading of names, public discussions, and a prayer service.


Utah

Salt Lake City
About 100 people gathered in Pioneer Park, lead by the Fourth Street Clinic, and remembered those who died with a candle light vigil. Also, the community took this opportunity to unite in order to raise awareness for permanent housing solutions.


Vermont

Brattleboro

Burlington

Montpelier
Held a candlelight memorial in order to recognize and remember the men, women, and children who passed away in 2012 while homeless.

Randolph
CVCAC/Clara Martin will be holding a food drive for the local food shelf and having a candlelight vigil.

Rutland
Housing advocates gathered in Rutland’s Depot Park to light candles and to raise awareness of the city’s homeless community. The service started at 5pm, in which the public was invited to listen to the stories of the homeless and to light a candle to symbolize a commitment to end homelessness.

White River Junction
Several communities came together to remember the homeless people who have died. A list of the names was read at the service, and was put together by The Americans Friends Service Committee.


Virginia

Charlottesville
The Haven hosted the annual homeless memorial service to take time to remember those in a homeless community who passed away, raising awareness about the effects of homelessness. The service incorporated a combination of mourning, words of hope, and personal reflections on homelessness.

Chesapeake
Chesapeake’s vigil took place from 5:30-7pm at Heron’s Landing apartments, 2133 S. Military Hwy. The vigil will honor those who died while on the streets.

Norfolk
Norfolk hosted a vigil and a half-mile walk from 5:30-6:30pm, that started at the Salvation Army at 5525 Raby Road.

Portsmouth
The Portsmouth’s vigil was scheduled from 5:30 to 6pm at the High Street Landing, to both recognize those who passed away while homeless and to raise awareness in the area.

Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach held a vigil from 7-8pm at the Lighthouse Center, 825 18th Street, to remember those who have passed away while homeless.


Washington

Bremerton
A small memorial was held for the five lives that were lost, and were honored with a reading of names and singing songs of remembrance held outside of First Christian Church in Bremerton. Food, clothes, and a few holiday presents were also donated to the Bremerton Salvation Army and Kitsap Rescue Mission.

Seattle
On Sunday, October 21st, 2012 a “Tree of Life” sculpture was placed in Victor Steinbrueck Park to inspire a future when homelessness no longer exists. The “Leaves of Remembrance” have names embedded on them and are scattered all around the sidewalks in order to not only forget, but to link all of us together.


Spokane
The Community Health Association of Spokane will hold its "Longest Night" event on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 11am at the Denny Murphy Clinic, 1001 West 2nd Ave. The event is held outdoors, regardless of weather. Our Homeless Outreach team leads the memorial and a balloon is released for each person who passed away this year as the name is read.

Yakima
Held their eighth annual Homeless Person’s Memorial Day Vigil at the Millennium Plaza, at 20 S. Third St. The program included a remembrance of each individual who passed away, music, and a litany written for the occasion.


Wisconsin

Green Bay
The St John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter Ministry Team held a Local Memorial Service for the Greater Green Bay Area, in partnership with the National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day, at St John the Evangelist Church in Downtown Green Bay, 413 St John Street, on Thursday December 20, 2012. Event interpreted for the Deaf Community.

Kenosha
The theme for the 6th annual National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day was “Walkin’ in My Shoes.” It was held on Friday, December 21st, 2012 and was at the Civic Center Park at 900-57th Street. Winter survival kits and community resource information were distributed to each street homeless person at the event and hot soup was provided after the event as well.

La Crosse
The Salvation Army hosted a local memorial for those who died this past year as a result of homelessness. On December 21st, 2012, there was a memorial walk and candlelight vigil from Burns Park at Seventh and Main streets to Cameron Park, beginning at 4:15pm.


Wyoming

Casper
Poverty Resistance will hold a candlelight vigil at Poverty Resistance, 450 S. Wolcott, at 5:00 p.m. on December 21, 2012. There will be a short statement in memory of Virginia Sellner, snacks, and a mobile food pantry. Theme "Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living."

Cheyenne
The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless held a ringing of the bell, speeches by various homeless advocates and by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead on December 21, 2012 at noon on the capital building steps in Cheyenne.

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Washington, DC 20037-1033
202-462-4822
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