Holy Cross One of Sixteen Multi-Faith Communities Participating in Call to Action
This week, the Springfield Patriot, reported that “Holy Cross Lutheran Church Participates in Homeless Sabbath Weekend.” Holy Cross Lutheran Church is one of 16 multi-faith communities particpting.
The holiday season provides us the opportunity to pause and be thankful for our families, homes and other blessings. But what about our neighbors who are homeless and may not have much to be thankful for this holiday season?
The homeless crisis in Union County is a humanitarian issue that we cannot ignore. Those of us providing homeless shelter and services witness the onslaught of desperation in the numbers of those experiencing homelessness that rise on a daily basis.
A leading cause of the homeless crisis is the extreme shortage of affordable housing. Many people experiencing homelessness are working but do not make enough money to afford rent in Union County.
Once a year, in Union County and across New Jersey, we count everyone experiencing homelessness. NJCounts 2018, the statewide point in time count of the homeless found that on the night of January 23, 2018, 459 people, including 41 people without shelter, experienced homelessness in Union County. Click here to learn more about NJCounts 2018 and the plans for NJCounts 2019.
Over the weekend of December 14-16, 2018, interfaith congregations in Union County, including the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield, will gather to worship as part of the Homeless Sabbath Weekend.
These are the participating congregations.
The Homeless Sabbath Weekend event aligns with “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil,” hosted this year held on December 20th at 7 PM at at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1430 Park Avenue, Plainfield.
All who attend the vigil are encouraged to attend the vigil to bring donations of new mittens, scarves and hats for families and children.
December 21 is longest night of the year and has been chosen as a time to remember all homeless people who died in the past year because of their lack of shelter or care.
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