You are invited to honor the lives of our sisters and brothers in Santa Clara County who died without homes, by attending the Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial service this Saturday in San Jose. Your participation also will help bring awareness to the ongoing tragedy of homelessness in our community.
Held annually on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, the Homeless Persons' Interfaith Memorial service features leaders from the diverse religious traditions of the South Bay (Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist, Protestant and Catholic). Those in attendance will share prayers, readings, and songs, and the names of persons who died without a home in our community during this past year will be read aloud. Choirs will offer their gift of music, and members of the homeless community will be invited to offer their reflections.
2019 marks the sixth year for this event. This year’s schedule is:
Saturday, December 21, 2019
12:00-1:00 Community meal at San Jose First United Methodist Church
12:30-1:30 Resource Fair, featuring community service organizations (including showers, laundry, and medical screening), City Hall Rotunda
1:30-3:00 Community Forum, “How to Prevent Death on the Streets,” City Hall Rotunda
3:00-4:30 Interfaith Memorial Service, outdoors in front of San Jose City Hall
4:30-5:30 Supply Distribution (sleeping bags, tarps, hygiene kits, socks, etc.)