COOS BAY/NORTH BEND — Over a hundred community members will unite for the eighth annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, the Coos History Museum.
This event allows the community to show respect to our neighbors who are living unsheltered. An outdoor candlelight memorial will commemorate those homeless and formerly homeless in our community who have died in the past year. Inside, guests will dine with dignity as they enjoy home-made soup, bread with butter, cookies and warm drinks. Tammy Berg, T.H.E. House Executive Director, will prepare two soups, with meat donated from McKay’s Market, and fresh vegetable from community members.
Speakers include Marcia Hart, Executive Director at United Way, as well as local spiritual leaders and formerly homeless persons in Coos County. Donated foods, used clothing, camping supplies, and shower packs will be given to those in need. Medical Reserve Corp. will perform free blood pressure tests and Yellow Cab Taxi will give rides to those needing transportation to the event. Free round-trip rides to the event from CCAT shelters and community spots: Davy Jones Locker; Coos County Annex; Walmart; Nancy Devereux Center; Coos Bay Visitor Center, South side; and the ARK at the Harding building. Departure times: 4:30-4:45 p.m. Return rides from the museum will begin at 7:15 p.m.
Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, is an annual event commemorated in over 150 cities and counties across the United States. Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on the longest night of the year to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless citizens who have paid the ultimate price for the failure of our nation to provide adequate resources and to fully address the safety and needs of people who are homeless.
Homeless Solutions Coos County and sponsors of this year’s event are calling attention to the fact that the programs we have in place are no longer enough, and as a city it is our duty to stand together to help those in our community who need us most. Sponsored by: Coos History Museum, So It Goes Coffee House, Yellow Cab Taxi, Time Bomb, The Devereux Center, Farr’s True Value Hardware, McKay’s Market, T.H.E. House, Empire Bakery, Community Emergency Response Team, Sea Kitty Seafoods, CCAT and United Way of Southwestern Oregon.
Information on National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day are available at www.projecthome.org.