25th Annual Homeless Memorial Service

I attended the homeless vigil and memorial last night.

Memorial service marchers in Minneapolis

Memorial service marchers begin their route.

Overall, the event was very well organized and attended. They had to take multiple trips on the busses to get everyone downtown. During the route, people were treated to free hot chocolate and coffee. There were many signs carried in remembrance of those who died while homeless.

After the march, a memorial service was held inside the church. During the service, the names of the homeless who died last year is read aloud and they light a candle in remembrance. According to the organizers, “Everyone should have their own candle.”

Memorial service at Simpson

Memorial service at Simpson

After the service, people were treated to a meal and good conversation at Simpson shelter. The Minnentonka United Methodist Church volunteered to serve a great meal.

I stayed until about 9:30 pm. Then I headed back to St. Stephens were I was lucky enough to get a bed. I still have not won the lottery for a 28 day placement, but I keep checking in and get the chance to get a good night sleep and some rest.

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