Abode Services to Co-Host Vigil Honoring Those Affected by Homelessness

November 16th, 2017

Abode Services and St. James’ Episcopal Church are co-sponsoring an annual Candlelight Vigil on Friday, Nov. 17, to honor those who have been affected by homelessness. The yearly ceremony will be held in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.    

The interfaith vigil will be from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church, 37051 Cabrillo Terrace (Thornton Avenue and Cabrillo), in Fremont. The yearly event encourages those attending to remember and reflect on the lives impacted by homelessness. The names of people who passed away while homeless in Alameda and Santa Clara counties will be read.  

The Rev. Lori Walton, Rector at St. James’ Episcopal Church, will lead the interfaith prayer, supported by Cub Scout Pack 163 and with music by Melissa Mallory, soprano, and Jennifer Carini, music director.

Fremont Councilmember David Bonaccorsi, the evening’s scheduled main presenter, will be joined by Fremont Councilmember Raj Salwan, Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine, and the Rev. Greg Roth, who is Senior Pastor of Centerville Presbyterian Church. They will discuss the issues of Bay Area homelessness and the housing crisis, as well as our mission to help solve those problems.

“It’s always important to remember the challenges faced by our community’s most vulnerable people,” said Chicoine. “The candlelight vigil is a somber remembrance, but also a hopeful call to action for ending homelessness.”

Those attending the event are encouraged to donate canned goods and other non-perishable items at the church, where food and refreshments will be served following the vigil.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week has shined a light on the issues of poverty and homelessness nationwide since 1975.    

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