Homeless during the Holidays

The Richmond Times-Dispatch partners with the local community to shed light on homelessness. Many of us are blessed to celebrate the holidays inside warm homes. However many people in the Central Va area have no home. Columnist Michael Paul William hosted a live-chat today with Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to talk about how some folks in the area are trying to help the homeless during the Holiday Season:

Christmas is a time of year we associate with holiday cheer, lights, and of course, the celebration of Jesus’ birth. But it is also a time of despair, darkness and bitter chill, especially for the homeless…

Tomorrow, Tuesday Dec 21st is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day:

Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have passed away while seeking services.
This year there will be a memorial service on Tuesday, December 21, 2010, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, to remember those locally who died without homes and to remember why they died. The service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 815 East Grace Street, at 4 p.m.

Homeward will be holding a candle lit vigil in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Memorial Garden at 4:00 pm, and will include a sermon from Reverend Wallace Adams-Riley, a reading of the names of those who have passed, and the ringing of St. Paul’s bells. on Tuesday December 21, 2010 to recognize those individuals that have passed away while homeless.

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