Memphis Health Center, Inc. (MHC), hosted a Homeless Memorial Day Program on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in partnership with Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church. There were over two-hundred (200) individuals in attendance.
National Homeless Memorial Day is commemorated annually in over 150 cities and counties across the United States on the first day of winter. It serves as a call to action to end homelessness in our city and our nation. Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on the first day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless citizens who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to address the issue.
Mark Luttrell, Shelby County Mayor was an honored speaker for the event, along with local area homeless support agencies, homeless and formerly homeless individuals, religious leaders, and concerned citizens will honor the lives and dreams of homeless men and women who died this year in Memphis and will renew their commitment to end homelessness. More than 50 homeless and formerly homeless persons who lost their lives this year will be remembered. Lunch was provided for participants and clothes, care packages, shoes, blankets and hats from the Church’s clothes closet will be distributed to homeless attendees.
“Unemployment and poverty are increasing, foreclosures continue at a record rate, and shelters and food pantries cannot meet the increased demand,” said Willeen Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of MHC. “We use this occasion to call on all Memphians and all Americans to commit and recommit ourselves to ending homelessness. While we seek economic solutions for our country, we cannot forget our most vulnerable citizens.”
MHC’s mission is to provide access to comprehensive preventative and primary healthcare and to reduce health disparities in medically underserved areas. For more information, please visit www.memphishealthcenter.org.