Thanks to Jay Westbrook as one of his last acts of official business provided a few remarks for our Homeless Memorial Day 2013. The event was at St. Malachi on December 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. as the Metanoia project was getting started for the night. We had Rev. Dr George Jackson from Agape Renaissance Center and Fr. Tony Schuerger of St. Malachi both offering prayers for those who passed away. Jim Schlecht of Metanoia Project read the names of those who passed away, and I gave a brief look at the current state of homelessness. We have a video on the front of our website of the entire service. We also have a posted the names on our Memorial Section of our website.
This is one of the saddest, but we consider one of the most important events of the year for the Coalition. Homeless people are often forgotten in our society, and the least we can do is remember those people on their death. We spend the last two months of the year gathering names from every social service provider and from homeless people. This year, there were 20 fewer names read when compared to 2012 which is good news. We had a very nice turnout of homeless people, housing activists, social service providers, members of the Coalition and board members who attended the memorial service. This is the 27th Candlelight Vigil in Cleveland. From the beginnings on the cold winter days of December on Public Square to Trinity Cathedral and St. Paul's in Cleveland Hts. and St. Patricks church, we have held these vigils throughout the community. We have read hundreds of names over the years and brought people together to mark a moment of silence in remembering our brothers and sisters we lost.
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