Monday, December 12, 2011

Homeless Memorial Day

Candlelight Vigil December 21, 2011 

               The 25th Annual Homeless Memorial Day will take place on December 21, 2011 at St. Patrick’s Meal Site 3610 Bridge Ave. at 5:00 p.m. at the Hunger Center. This year the candlelight vigil will feature State Senator Nina Turner as our guest speaker along with three religious leaders.  Media are welcome to attend and photograph the memorial/vigil.

               Joining with other cities throughout the state and country, the Cleveland vigil will include an inter-faith memorial service from the Jewish and Christian faith traditions.  In 2009, Ohio legislators designated December 21 as Ohio Homeless Memorial Day. Every big city in Ohio has a similar vigil to remember those who have passed away over the previous year. This year marks a quarter century of remembering those who died with some recent experience with homelessness.   We have seen a sharp increase over the last four years in families who find themselves homeless as well as those who are classified as living daily with food insecurity. Locally, we have seen a protracted state of economic despair having never recovered from the 2001 recession and seeing a tidal wave of foreclosures leading to this rise in homelessness. 

          For More information call 216/432-0540.
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