2016 Homeless Memorial Vigil

New Beginnings and LAASH held the annual Homeless Memorial Vigil on the winter solstice on Wednesday, December 21st from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

Thank you to the over 100 people who joined us to raise awareness about homelessness on the longest night of the year, including:

  • Trinity Episcopal Church and Rev. Bill Barter for hosting the beginning of the Vigil
  • Calvary United Methodist Church and Rev. Annie Baker-Streevy for hosting the end of the Vigil
  • Hurricanes Soups for donating soup for the event
  • Forage Market for donating bread for the event
  • Staff of New Beginnings Shelter program for making chowder for the event
  • New Beginnings youth, Board, and staff for participating
  • Daryn Slover of the Sun Journal for covering the event: Vigil to Remember the Homeless

ALL PHOTOS CREDIT: D.SLOVER/SUN JOURNAL

April Chapman of Lewiston carries a sign that reads, "Everyone Should Have a Home," during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday. About 100 people marked National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day by walking from the Trinity Episcopal Church to the Calvary United Methodist Church by candlelight. The annual event was held on the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. New Beginnings and the Lewiston/Auburn Alliance for Services to the Homeless hosted the event. Chapman walked with a large group from Common Ties Mental Health Services. 

April Chapman of Lewiston carries a sign that reads, “Everyone Should Have a Home,” during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday. About 100 people marked National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day by walking from the Trinity Episcopal Church to the Calvary United Methodist Church by candlelight. The annual event was held on the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. New Beginnings and the Lewiston/Auburn Alliance for Services to the Homeless hosted the event. Chapman walked with a large group from Common Ties Mental Health Services.

The Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil begins at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lewiston.

The Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil begins at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Lewiston.

Participants cross Walnut Street during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday.

Participants cross Walnut Street during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday.

Emerson Spencer-Reed, 10, of New Gloucester carries a sign that reads, "Remember the Homeless," during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday.

Emerson Spencer-Reed, 10, of New Gloucester carries a sign that reads, “Remember the Homeless,” during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday.

Aura Foster, 16, of Poland holds a sign that reads, "8,000 Homeless in Maine," during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday.

Aura Foster, 16, of Poland holds a sign that reads, “8,000 Homeless in Maine,” during the Lewiston-Auburn Homeless Vigil in Lewiston on Wednesday.

More photos on the Facebook Event page!

We hope to see you again next year!

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This Lewiston-Auburn Vigil is part of a national movement of cities marking National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on or near the winter solstice, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year to honor people who died while homeless during the previous year and to raise awareness about homelessness.