"Those who have no family, no support system... who will recognize them?"

For the last 17 years, a special service taking place on the winter solstice.  

"It's the longest night of the year, it's the hardest night," says Grace Kennedy, Executive Director Community of Caring.  That's why they choose to hold this memorial service to honor individuals who have died while homeless on this night.

Liz McCormick of Home Team asks, "those that have no family, no support system, for one reason or another, can't work and who (if not us) who will recognize them?"

Home Team, an organization committed to ending homelessness, coordinates the annual remembrance.  Kennedy says, "We do it to remember people who have died while homeless because often, they are invisible in our community."

For the first time, today's service taking place in front of the Episcopal Cathedral of Saint Paul in the shadow of a statue depicting a homeless man and quoting from Matthew's gospel.

Though organizers say there are numerous resources for the homeless in our area; more needs to be done.  Kennedy tells us, "Having a living wage, having jobs... often times... it's an economic thing. You have to have enough money to pay for an apartment... and affordable housing is another big issue."

Though the statistics aren't concrete, it's believed that in 2017, three individuals passed while homeless in our area.  

Parting words of the ceremony, "Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit... and to turn their sorrow into joy."


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