National Homeless Persons Memorial Day Interfaith Service Dec. 21

On Monday Dec. 21, Stamford will host a Memorial Service to remember those who have died homeless in our community this past year, and to recognize those who don’t have a place to call home. The memorial is open to the public and will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Stamford, located at 1 Walton Place.

The service will begin outside with a candle lit prayer, followed by a procession into the church.

Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is a national initiative to remember those who died homeless in the past year. It is celebrated on December 21st, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year. Each year agencies serving the homeless in lower Fairfield County join with the InterFaith Council of Southwestern CT to host this service of remembrance and hope. Advocates, service providers, homeless and formerly homeless people, religious leaders, elected officials and concerned citizens come together to reflect upon those who have died as well as the issue of homelessness.

All members of the community are welcome to light a candle in remembrance and attend this moving vigil. The service is sponsored by area agencies working with people who are homeless, including: Inspirica Inc., Laurel House, Liberation Programs, Optimus Healthcare and Shelter for the Homeless, along with the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut.

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