Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is honored nationwide, usually on the longest night of the year, the solstice. 

In Concord, we honored this day on December 19th, 2019.  

Many other cities and towns around the state will hold vigils in remembrance of our community members whose lives were shortened by homelessness. It is a special time, in the midst of the holiday rush and bustle, when we pause and come together in a reverent way to mourn the lives lost and the human cost of homelessness to our community. For some, this is the funeral and closure they never got for their loved one. We gather to honor these lives, lift their stories, and elevate the voices of those with something to share about the friends and family members lost. 

The program will include a reading of the names of those lost, music, and readings, and candles will be lit in remembrance.

The Rise Again Outreach truck will be present to collect any donations of warm winter outerwear and boots, winter socks, blankets, hand and toe warmers and batteries, should participants want to bring something for those in need.

This year the event in Concord is sponsored by 22 organizations and faith communities:

The American Friends Service Committee

The Baha’i Faith of Concord

Bow Mills United Methodist Church

CenterPoint Church

Community Action Program

Concord Coalition to End Homelessness

Concordia Lutheran Church

Families in Transition

First Church of Concord UCC

Family Promise of Greater Concord

The Friends Program

The Friendly Kitchen

Greater Concord Interfaith Council

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness

NH Peace Action

The Poor People’s Campaign

Rise Again Outreach

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church

South Church UCC

Temple Beth Jacob

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord

Wesley United Methodist Church