Four New Jersey Events Focus on Ending Homelessness
On December 18, 19th, 21st and 22nd 2014, Bergen, Hudson, Mercer and Middlesex Counties held memorials and vigils to remember individuals experiencing homelessness who passed away over the last year.
Hudson County’s homeless memorial service “Included a special tribute to William ‘Bill’ Harris, a Hoboken man who worked at St. Lucy’s Homeless Shelter for 26 years and who was adored by the homeless community. He died Nov. 5.
‘Bill Harris was a man who took his life and injustice seriously,’ his widow, April Harris, told the crowd. ‘If he couldn’t change the world, he did what he could, one day at a time, one person at a time.’”
“Witnessing those who have lost a loved one who did not have a place to call home at the annual Homeless Persons’ Memorials in NJ is always very moving and spiritual.”
“But these memorials serve as a reminder that as much as we have all done to end homelessness there is still much more that we must do. As we approach the New Year, let us channel this fierce urgency of now and finally end homelessness in the Garden State.”
Said Monarch Housing Associate’s CEO Richard W. Brown.
As we move forward into a New Year, please hold on to these images of the memorials and keep the homeless and the solutions to homelessness in your thoughts not just as we celebrate the holiday season but all year long.
This is a slideshow from Bergen, Mercer and Middlesex. Click here for a link to photos of the Hudson County memorial.
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Middlesex County’s vigil included a color guard and flag recognition in honor of a homeless veteran who had served our country.