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Care of the Homeless Remembers Lost Neighbors

“I couldn’t believe it, when I first heard” CFH Client Leader Raymond West, said of the death of Miguel Durcio, the Bronx man who was attacked while sleeping on the steps of a church, simply because he was homeless. “He was only sleeping on the church steps because he thought he would be safe there.” Mr. Durio is gone but not forgotten- Care for the Homeless will remember his life and honor his memory on December 18th, at 5:30 p.m., on Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a national day of memorial for people who tragically passed away while unstably housed. Held with the NYC Rescue Mission at their 90 Lafayette Street location, our Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day program will feature a candle light memorial, a meal for those who are hungry, and a chance for attendees to remember friends on our Memorial Wall.

People experiencing homelessness have terrible health outcomes compared to the housed population, with an age adjusted life expectancy of 30 to 40 years less than the general population. At Care for the Homeless we know people who are homeless not only suffer from a disproportionate number of violent attacks, but that all health problems are made much, much worse while a person doesn’t have a stable place to stay.

“Homelessness is a public health crisis just as much as tuberculosis, polio, and so many other historic epidemics that America has challenged and largely defeated.” CFH Executive Director Bobby Watts has said, “And just as appropriate responses tamed those maladies, we could, if we addressed homelessness and brought adequate responses to bear against it, solve this tragic health epidemic and social failure, too.”

On Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, we remember New Yorkers who might otherwise not be remembered and advocate for better policy to help prevent and end homelessness. We know we can end modern day homelessness and look forward to the day when there won’t be a need for Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Please join us on December 18th to help remember and advocate. The event is free and open to all. If you would like to offer names to be remembered during the program or rsvp to the event, please contact CFH Policy Director, Jeff Foreman, at 212.366.4459 or by email at

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
Thursday, December 18, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

NYC Rescue Mission
90 Lafayette Street (at White Street)
New York, NY 10013
SUBWAY: 4, 6, J, N, R, Z (Canal St)

Click here to rsvp.

Program to feature music, memorial and a meal. 
We invite you to pay tribute to our lost friends 
who experienced homelessness on our "Wall of Memorial." 
Free and open to the public. 

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