Some of us from The Table Philadelphia community will be joining others in our city at the Homeless Memorial…
Remember. Hope. Heal.
Homeless Memorial Day is an annual event commemorated in over 150 cities and counties across the United States. As we approach the first day of winter, we will gather to remember the hundreds of homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died in 2018 and to call for an end to homelessness.
As we gather this year, we recognize that many factors contribute to homelessness: lack of affordable housing, inadequate education and economic opportunity, and lack of access to quality health care. But we also recognize that individuals and families experiencing homelessness also face discrimination. They are often victims of dehumanizing attitudes, laws criminalizing homelessness, and even acts of violence. An important step in addressing homelessness is to assert the fundamental dignity of all persons – single adults, families, and youth – who are in situations of homelessness and poverty, and to work tirelessly to protect their basic human and civil rights. A proper memorial nurtures a spirit of community and compassion for all individuals.
The evening will include eulogies and stories of remembrance from friends of the deceased; and music performances by local artists. The event will culminate in the reading of the names in a candlelit, solemn ceremony for those who have died.
Please join us as we honor the lives of our friends and neighbors, and recommit ourselves to ending homelessness.