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Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day set for Dec. 21

By Staff | Dec 13, 2017

As a tribute to at least 22 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 21st annual Candlelight Vigil on Thursday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. The community is encouraged to gather on the steps of the Old Lee County Courthouse 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 Neil Volz, Board Chair. An opening prayer will be presented by the Rev. Philip D. Read II, of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Taps will be performed by Harvey Charter, Commander Victor Paul Tuchman Post 400 Jewish War Veterans. Music will be provided by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Choir.

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.