It featured music, interfaith prayers, readings and reflections along with the reading of names, the lighting of candles, introductions of elected officials, and a time of silence for homeless people who have passed away. Almost thirty different organizations and individuals along with a very dedicated volunteer team organized the event.
As part of the memorial, participants took turns reading the names of their homeless “brothers and sisters” who passed away in 2015. The memorial took place at the United Methodist Church in New Brunswick.
On December 22, 2016, Bergen County held an event at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Health Center in Hackensack, NJ.
As background, each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the national co-sponsors organize National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to end homelessness.
Click here for more information from the National Health Care for the Homeless Council.
Click here for more information on the Hudson Memorial.