National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day
December 16, 2020
A Call to Remember the Unsheltered
December 21 is winter solstice: the longest night of the year. That’s why this day has been designated as National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, and we’re writing to encourage you to consider two opportunities to make a difference for our unhoused neighbors.
ONE: During your regular worship services over the weekend prior to December 21, we encourage you to join with faith communities across the nation by praying for and/or recognizing those experiencing homelessness. Below are two links to resources that may help you prepare a message, reading, litany or prayer appropriate to your tradition.
Multifaith Prayers/Readings (thank you to Monarch Housing for compiling!)
Faith Resource Worksheet (thank you to San Francisco Interfaith Council)
TWO: The Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards, is convening the community for a virtual Safe Shelter Summit on Homeless Persons Memorial Day, December 21, from 10:00-11:00 am. You are invited to join them as they bring forward solutions for safe shelter. Please share this invitation with your leadership, staff, congregation and networks. Please register in advance for the Summit at https://pchomeless.org/.
Thank you for bringing awareness and sharing your concern for our neighbors without shelter in this extraordinarily difficult time.