HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Pine Belt Coalition on Homelessness
To call attention to the impact that homelessness has on our community, the Pine Belt Coalition on Homelessness will hold its annual commemoration on December 21, 2014. Earlier this fall, Toney Robinson, House Manager for Hope House Ministries, was killed and his passing brings added meaning to this year's memorial. Hope House, located at 1105 West Pine Street, will serve as the location for this year's memorial to honor Toney's contribution to the community. "Toney Robinson opened his heart and home to those without a place to live, said Michael Dixon, Chair of Hope House Board of Directors. " On this homeless memorial day, we will gather to honor his commitment and spirit, remembering our neighbors lost to homelessness."
Just the facts:
WHO: Homeless advocates, service providers, homeless and formerly homeless persons, religious leaders, concerned citizens, city representatives… and YOU.
WHAT: Homeless Memorial Day candlelight vigil, performances, and call to action
WHERE: Hope House, located at 1105 West Pine Street
WHEN: Sunday, December 21st, 3:00 p.m. til 4:00 p.m.
Advocates, service providers, homeless and formerly homeless people, religious leaders, and concerned citizens will honor the lives and dreams of homeless men and women who died this year in the Hattiesburg area and will renew their commitment to end homelessness. Twelve homeless and formerly homeless persons who lost their lives this year will be remembered. Ivie Pulliam, Co-Chair of the Pine Belt Coalition, put it this way – "It is a shame that people have to live and die on the streets in the greatest country in the world. It is the compassion of people on the local level that will allow this problem to dissipate. Everyone deserves a hand up at some point in their lives. It is up to us as a community to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate."
Since 1990, the National Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day on the first day of winter to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless citizens who have paid the ultimate price for our nation's failure to address the issue. This annual event, commemorated in over 150 cities and counties across the United States on the first day of winter, will also be a call to action to end homelessness in our city and our nation. More information and background information on National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day are available at http://www.nhchc.org/memorialday.html and www.projecthome.org.
For seven years, the Pine Belt Coalition on Homelessness has acted as a network of homeless service providers as well as community and religious leaders, committed to impacting homelessness in our area. In meetings held monthly, they work to improve conditions for those living in homelessness. For more information about the Coalition, please contact Maxine Coleman, the City of Hattiesburg Neighborhood Coordinator, at 601-554-1005.