Candlelight Vigil Memorial for Homeless Persons

One hundred and twelve homeless Houstonians have died in the last year, many of them anonymously and alone. On December 21 the annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Candlelight Vigil will be held at Houston's City Hall reflecting pool at 5:30 pm. December 21st is the longest night of the year, that date has been chosen for this annual event to reflect that the cold and darkness of night are often when those experiencing homelessness are most vulnerable.

Rev. Lura Groen, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, will deliver the invocation at the service. "As we prepare for Christmas it's easy to forget - amongst the trees and the presents and the pretty lights - that Mary and Joseph were, in every sense, homeless that first Christmas", says Groen. "We are called to follow the example of that now-renowned inn keeper and offer what we have to those in need. Even if what we have to give is as humble as an animal pen God can find a way to create miracles out of it."

"In years past, we have found that this event not only helps us in the network to re-focus our efforts to end homelessness, it also serves as a memorial service for family members and friends without homes who have passed. We have witnessed some very touching farewells that might never have found a voice without this vigil", stated Scot More, Director of Community Resources for the Coalition for the Homeless.

Sponsors of this event include the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Senator Rodney Ellis, City Council Member Wanda Adams, Housing Corporation of Greater Houston, US Vets and other social service providers. Warm coats, blankets, hygiene packs, fruits and nourishments will be distributed to those living on the streets.

Houston City Hall is located at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX. Following the vigil participants are invited to distribute blankets, coats and food to the area homeless. Participants are encouraged to bring items to distribute.

No comments:

Post a Comment