On Thursday, December 18th 2014, at 10 am, at Turning Point United Methodist Church, the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness and Turning Point United Methodist Church will host a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service. Light refreshments for individuals experiencing homeless will be offered at 9 am prior to the service.
All Mercer County homeless people who died in the last year as a result of their lack of shelter or care will be remember at this time. People are invited to take time out and reflect on the tragic loss of these individuals. Local clergy will participate. The service will include readings, prayers, and names of individuals who experienced homelessness and died this past year.
The Mercer Alliance, working with local homeless providers and homeless individuals, is gathering information on individuals who died while living on the street or in emergency shelter, as well as individuals who died while living in transitional or permanent housing for the formerly homeless.
Many advocates and individuals experiencing homeless are expected to attend this service, which will reflect on the lives of those who died while homeless and will highlight the Mercer Alliance’s and community’s continuing commitment towards ending homelessness. This event is held in conjunction with the National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day traditionally held on December 21, the day with the least amount of daylight and the longest period of darkness. “During this Holiday Season we ask everyone to remember there are individuals experiencing homelessness in America and Mercer County and we need to continue to focus on ending homelessness”, Frank Cirillo, Executive Director of Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness.