Okay, so it’s not the most cheerful holiday. But it’s certainly one of the most important. Today at 4:30, go to City Hall for the vigil/rally paying tribute to those homeless individuals who have died. I have a press release here:
On the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, we come together to
REMEMBER homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who have passed away in 2009,
HONOR those still living on our streets and in shelters,
and CALL for a renewed commitment to end homelessness.
To help someone who is homeless: Call the Philadelphia Homeless Outreach Hotline at 215-232-1984
Below is a list of participating organizations:
Arch Street United Methodist Church – Bethesda Project –
Broad Street Ministry – Catholic Health East – Covenant House – Depaul USA – Dignity Housing – Episcopal
Community Services – Homeless Advocacy Project – Horizon House – House of Grace Catholic Worker – Impact
Services Corporation – JEVS – Lutheran Settlement House – Mental Health Association of Southeastern
Pennsylvania – Pathways to Housing –Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center – PRO-ACT –
Project H.O.M.E. – Public Health Management Corporation – Ready Willing & Able – Resources for Human
Development/Ridge Center –RHD/People’s Choice & Silver Springs Centers – SELF Inc. – St. Francis Inn – St.
John’s Hospice – Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission – Tenant Union Representative Network – Traveler’s Aid
Philadelphia – Youth Emergency Service
Kudos to all of them.
And to add a little levity, or pathos, or something, here’s a related Cute Fix — no glibness intended, just something to get you thinking.