Homeless Vigils in NJ Mark National Homeless Persons Memorial Day on the Longest Night

Remembering Those Experiencing Homelessness in Atlantic, Bergen, Camden, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union Counties

Timed around December 21, 2019 which marks the longest night of the year and the beginning of winter, next week communities across New Jersey will hold homeless memorials and vigils.

All are welcome to participate in the vigils and memorials taking place across New Jersey.  Below is a listing of local events that we are aware of.  If you are part of vigil or memorial not listed, please let Kate Kelly know at kkelly@monarchhousing.org:
  • Atlantic County – Friday, December 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at William L. Gormley AtlanticCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City. Please call 609-572-8605 for more information.
  • Bergen County – Friday, December 20, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bergen County Housing, Health and Human Services Center, 120 South River Street in Hackensack.
  • Camden County – Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at West Street Health Center, 519-525 West Street in Camden 
  • Hudson County – Thursday, December 19 at 11:00 A.m. at Old Bergen Church in Jersey City.  For more information, please contact socialservices@gsecdc.org.
  • Mercer County – Thursday, December 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Turning Point United Methodist Church, 15 South Broad Street in Trenton
  • Passaic County – Friday, December 20t, at 2:00 p.m. at Barbour Park.  For more information, please contact Nancy Grier, City of Paterson Neighborhood Assistance Office at 973-610-5449
  • Middlesex County – Saturday, December 21 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 505 Main Street in Spotswood
  • Union County – Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. p.m. at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 215 Elm Ave. in Rahway.  
These local memorials and vigils coincide with National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is observed on December 21, 2019 as the first day of winter and created to remember those who have passed away in the past year while experiencing homelessness.
Homeless memorials and vigils bring together local advocates, service providers, organizations, homeless and formerly homeless individuals and families, religious leaders, city representatives, students, and concerned citizens.  May these gatherings help us to pause, remember and think about the work that we can do in 2020 to ensure a future in New Jersey where no individuals or families in New Jersey experience homelessness.  
NJCounts 2020 is an important step to continue to develop a deeper understanding of the work needed to end homelessness in the Garden State.  NJCounts, the annual Point-in-Time Count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in New Jersey will take place on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. 
In New Jersey, NJCounts is coordinated on a single day across the state allowing for comparable data across all communities from year to year. Monarch Housing Associates has coordinated NJCounts since 2014 as commissioned by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA.)
Monarch is proud to partner with local governments, service providers, community advocates and volunteers to conduct NJCounts as we work to collect critical data that assists communities in developing a deeper understanding of the need as they work to end homelessness.