I believe that this woman read the names from our memorial page, but she could have watched the video that Brent did last year as part of the Homeless Memorial Day as well. You can view it here. We have our own channel on Youtube just search NEOCH. We also have the complete list of people's names on our website here from the last decade.
August 1, 2014
Dear Mr. Davis:
Last Christmas I was searching for help for my homeless son (addicted to heroin). I ran across your website and was brought to tears [with] the number of homeless men and women who had passed away on the streets of Cleveland without even a hint of a whisper in our traditional newspapers. You listed each and every person by name. I read each name out loud and wept for them all--knowing they could be my son at any time.
Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of the homeless and by giving them their dignity back by mentioning their names. Continue to fight on for them. You give the homeless a voice and I thank you form the bottom of my heart for fighting for the rights of the homeless population. Ware are all God's children.
God Bless You
Maribeth (last name withheld for privacy reasons).
We thank Maribeth for her kind words. She included a funeral notice from her son who had passed away in June of 2014 at the age of 32. We will include his name in the next Homeless Memorial Day vigil, and we extend our heartfelt condolences to Maribeth for the loss of her child. I would add that some of the people we read last year were only children when they died. I can think of two from last year's list who were only toddlers at their death. Also, everyone on the list were children of someone, and we work everyday to protect someone's child and to eliminate the need for a December 21 memorial.
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