Homeless Persons Memorial Day
A Time to Remember
Each year since 1990, on the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless neighbors who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to end homelessness. Beginning in 2005, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and the National Consumer Advisory Board joined as co-sponsors of this meaningful event. In 2013, approximately 180 cities in 44 states and the District of Columbia held Homeless Persons' Memorial Day events on or around December 21 to honor those who died while experiencing homelessness.
In Pinellas County
Today, non-homeless Americans can expect to live to age 78, but the average age of death of homeless persons is about 50 years, the age at which Americans commonly died in 1900, according to Dr. Jim O’Connell in an article on premature mortality in homeless populations. Homelessness dramatically elevates one’s risk of premature death due to:
In Pinellas County, Celebrate Outreach will conduct a memorial service. This one-hour, interfaith service will feature readings from the sacred scriptures of various faiths, instrumentals , and solo artists.
Following the memorial service, we will serve a free hot meal for everyone present in the service. This will provide opportunities for homeless consumers, service providers, advocates, community leaders and others to share a meal together in celebration of the lives of those who once walked among us.
After dinner, we will freely distribute to our neighbors currently experiencing homelessness donated items.
To help us get ready for this year's memorial service in downtown St. Petersburg, please complete the response form at the top of this page. in lieu of flowers, we will gratefully accept donations of non-perishable food, warm clothing (e.g., new knit caps, winter jackets, socks, etc.) and money to support the mission of Celebrate Outreach, which is a tax-exempt (a 501(C)3 nonprofit) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day was observed for the first time in Pinellas County in 2007. Interfaith memorial services were held in municipalities throughout Pinellas County to remember our neighbors who died while experiencing homelessness. These one-hour services were held at four locations throughout Pinellas County, including Pinellas Hope, an outdoor homeless shelter in Clearwater.
Necrology - In Loving Memory
Hundreds of Pinellas County residents who passed away while experiencing homelessness are remembered in a necrology compiled and maintained by Celebrate Outreach. The names of the deceased are provided to us by government and private resources, service providers and homeless consumers, newspaper articles, and more. Often times, the information is scant, but we do our best to research and provide additional information that will add more dignity to the life of the person who once lived among us. If you are interested in doing research, providing information or conducting interviews, please click here.
Names of Deceased Chronologically
"Interfaith memorial services [are] held . . . throughout Pinellas County to remember our neighbors who died while experiencing homelessness."
Service coordinated by Celebrate Outreach, Inc.
in cooperation with the following business partners: