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Homeless Memorial Day December 21

Five events in NJ: Let’s remember those who died and
recommit to ending homelessness

Homeless Persons Memorial DayThis month, local communities across the New Jersey will hold Homeless Persons Memorials in remembrance of the homeless who have passed away over the past year due to the lack of shelter or health care. For many, this memorial is the only recognition of their passing often from exposure to the outside elements, illnesses and chronic health problems that go untreated and violent hate crimes.

This year’s date, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, is the day with the least amount of light and also has the longest night. At this time of year, as many of us prepare for holiday and end of the year celebrations, this day, while bittersweet, is an opportunity to think of and assist the individuals and families among us who will experience homelessness this winter. These memorials remind us that healthcare and housing is a human right that many of us take for granted. The arrival of long, cold winter nights reminds us of the growing problem of homelessness in NJ.

Read below about how you can participate in a memorial in your local area. If we missed any events please send us an email so we can update the calendar.

National Homeless Persons' Memorial DayMonarch Housing has joined over 100 bloggers as a member of Bloggers Unite who are committed to writing about National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. The goal is to raise awareness about the high personal cost of homelessness and how we must end homelessness. Click here or on the badge for more details.

The NJ Advocacy Network to End Homelessness last year assembled resources that can be used in public worship over the sabbath weekend preceding December 21. To access this material click here.

by Kate M. Kelly

Kate Kelly joined Monarch Housing Associates in March of 2011. Her responsibilities include writing policy and other website updates, coordinating state and federal advocacy update and assisting with fundraising efforts. To read more about Kate and all of our staff click here. Click here to send Ms. Kelly an email.

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