Today marks the 31st annual National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Please join us in honoring our unhoused neighbors who lost their lives during this past year. We hold these individuals, and those who continue to combat homelessness, close to our hearts this day, the longest day of the year.
Today we are reminded of and honor the humanity of every person. We mourn the loss of four dear friends of our Housing Transitions Program (HTP) who passed this year. Out of respect for them and their loved one’s privacy, we will not recognize each individual by name. Instead, we would like to recognize the joy they brought us and the moments we shared together. The sharing of silly jokes, the exchange of warm smiles, the uplifting stories told, and the gift of their friendship. Help us remember our friends today as we light a candle, say a prayer, advocate for change, and lift up those in our community who continue to face housing instability.
The homelessness crisis in Oregon and across the country is staggering. This past year so many have found themselves in unexpected and unimaginable hardship. We can honor the memories of those we’ve lost by taking action and helping our neighbors currently experiencing homelessness. At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we believe in the humanity of every person and are committed to developing innovative solutions to our region’s most pressing housing challenges and provide services to help those experiencing homelessness in our community.
To learn more about Homeless Persons Memorial Day please visit: https://nationalhomeless.org/about-us/projects/memorial-day/https://bit.ly/37kIqk3