NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On Monday, Dec. 21, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in partnership with Mayor James Cahill and City of New Brunswick and the United Methodist Church, New Brunswick, will host a National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day event.
The service will be held at New Brunswick’s United Methodist Church, 323 George St., from 6 to 8 p.m.
“This event is a chance to acknowledge and remember those who have died due to homelessness and its hardships,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, chair of the County’s Community Services Committee. “It is also an opportunity for Middlesex County residents of all faiths and walks of life to come together to learn about homelessness in Middlesex County.”
“Middlesex County is dedicated to ending homelessness here,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “It is our duty as public servants to help those most in need. It is also our duty to raise awareness of the issue so that we can work together as a community to ensure that every man, woman and child has a place to call home.”
Through the advocacy efforts of the National Coalition for the Homeless, the National Consumer Advisory Board and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, communities all over the United States have held a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Event every year on Dec. 21 since 1990, as this date marks the first day of winter and is also the longest night of the year.
With this in mind, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the City of New Brunswick have joined the County’s homeless service providers and advocacy organizations to create the service’s events, which emphasize what this winter night represents for homeless people.
The events will include:
· Public Awareness Education
· Proclamations read by the Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti and New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill
· Testimonial from homeless individuals
· Poetry written by homeless individuals
· Musical selections
· Interfaith readings
· Intercultural Community Commitments
· Community Clothing Drive
· A candlelight tribute
For more information, contact Melissa Bellamy at the Middlesex County Office of Human Services at (732) 745-2922.