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The Homeless Services Network Candlelight Memorial

December 19, 2011

The Homeless Services Network of Central Florida will hold a candlelight memorial on Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in the chapel at First Presbyterian Church, of Orlando to commemorate the lives of our homeless neighbors who died in Central Florida during the past year. For many of the individuals who will be honored, this ceremony will be their only memorial tribute.
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (FPCO) Chapel
Corner of Magnolia and Church Streets, 106 East Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m./program
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m./reception
In the midst of holiday celebrations, the ceremony is held annually by HSN around December 21st, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, to recognize and pay tribute to the homeless people who have died on our streets or in our emergency shelters from illness or conditions directly related to their homelessness.
Advocates, friends, community leaders and service providers hope to bring attention to the need for more resources for permanent supportive housing for the 1,220 disabled homeless in our region who do not have access to housing and services.
More than 125 cities across the nation are sponsoring events including vigils, graveside ceremonies, plays, marches and special religious services to commemorate National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, which is organized by the National Coalition for the Homeless. This is the tenth annual vigil to be held in Central Florida. For more information, including directions and parking, please visit the HSN web site: http://www.hsncfl.org/

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