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Lee County Homeless Coalition observes Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on Dec. 21

By Staff | Dec 14, 2015

As a tribute to at least 16 homeless individuals who have lost their lives while living on the streets or in shelters in Lee County this year, the Lee County Homeless Coalition will host its 19th annual Candlelight Vigil on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. The community is encouraged to gather on the steps of the Old Lee County Courthouse located at 2120 Main Street in Fort Myers to mourn those who have passed. The memorial event is also intended to educate and inspire the public to support the community’s need for more affordable housing, shelters, living wages and accessible health care.

The Candlelight Vigil will include remarks by Lee County Homeless Coalition representatives, Janet Bartos, executive director, and Jan Frick, member. An opening prayer will be presented by Pastor Shane Frazier of Next Level Church. Taps will be performed by Harvey Charter, Commander Victor Paul Tuchman Post 400 Jewish War Veterans. Music will be provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers Youth Choir, and choir director, Darlene Mitchell.

The Lee County Homeless Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness. The Coalition’s mission is to advocate, educate and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County through community collaboration, planning, and implementing solutions.

To learn more about how you can help join the fight against homelessness, contact Janet Bartos at 239-322-6600. For more information on the Lee County Homeless Coalition, visit www.leehomeless.org.