Homeless Memorial Day 2014

It was a solemn event with around 150 people attending the service. We believe that this is the most important event of the year for the Coalition.  It is important to remember these individuals upon their death because society largely forgot about them in their life.  It was nice to see homeless people who were staying the night at the Metanoia Project to join with members of the Coalition at this event.  We need to thank City Council President Kevin Kelley attend and say a few words of encouragement to those gathered.  Kelley brought his family to stand and remember those who have died.  Rev. Mendle Adams gave a prayer for the dead and board member Michelle Russell read the names for the service.

Grover Anderson

Leigh Banks

Charles Beard

Shawn Black

Terrence Blair

Alfonzo Bradfield

Ralph Brandon

Marcus Brooks

Vanessa Canfield

Justin Coleman

Michaela Diemer

Laura Douglas

Lanny Guillion


William “Billy” Henry III

Pedro Hermayen    

Ronald Jarvis

Aaron Jones

“Big“ Eric Jones

William Kluter

Melvin Lewis

Sybil Linder

Eric McGrew

James McQueen

Richard Morrison

Phillip O’Connor   

Marilyn Owens


Elias Pedro

Matt Puzder

Khalil Reynolds

Antwan Smith

Paul Stafford

George Sterling

James Tanner

Brenda Walker

Demetrius Watkins

Leonard Williams

William Young






We had a surprising number of "friends of homeless people who passed away this year including board members, volunteers, teachers, or staff at a local social service agency.  We always include friends on our list of people we remember:

Patricia Burgess

Margaret Conway

Mickey Drotar

Ruth Fiala

Brent Forsythe

Tom Hoskin (Aggie’s husband)

Kathy Kelley

Merdine Morris

Donna Kelly Rego

Joe Schager

Jim Skerl

Sharon Thomas

Brian Stefan Szittai and Megan Wilson Reitz of the Catholic Worker Community provided the music for the Candlelight Vigil.  Thanks to Carl Cook and Tim Walters from the Metanoia Project for again hosting us for this 28th Memorial.   We join over 100 cities across the United States that are hosting similar events.  This is also part of the Ohio Homeless Memorial Day marked by similar services in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, and Toledo. 

In a year of fighting, hardship and fear, there was one postive note in that this is the second year of decreases in the number of people we read at the Candlelight Vigil from a high of 73 in 2012 to only 40 souls this year.  

Brian Davis

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