With her forehead resting in her right hand, Rachel Robinson quietly wept as her friend was included among the names of the dead read out at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity on Tuesday.
Robinson had come to the church to take part in a monthly memorial for people who have died from issues tied to homelessness, including exposure, poverty, violence, illness, addiction and neglect.
Please join us at the Homeless Memorial for an hour of remembrance and advocacy.
This outside vigil will be followed by a solemn procession to City Hall to tell Mayor Tory to act on the homelessness emergency and to stop these preventable deaths!
As part of our campaign to “Have a Heart For the Homeless”, we ask that you draw or cut out hearts on paper and cardboard and bring them with you.
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at noon.
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square (beside the Eaton Centre)
Lunch will be provided. If you are able to contribute food or help serve, please contact Merylie at email@example.com
A celebration of the life of Bonnie Briggs, founder of the Homeless Memorial, will take place on Sunday, September 10 at 2 pm, here at the Church of the Holy Trinity. All are welcome. Bonnie was a tireless advocate for the homeless and under-housed population of our city. Bonnie’s leadership was crucial in this on-going issue, which was coloured by her experience as someone who had lived with homelessness.
For more on Bonnie’s legacy, please see this article from the Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/08/toronto-activist-bonnie-briggs-remembered-as-advocate-for-housing-creator-of-homeless-memorial.html
Join us next week for the first 2017 memorial. We will gather outside for 20 to 30 minutes and then enjoy a light lunch together inside.
There maybe an opportunity to create quilt squares.
This event and the actual recording of names takes on even more importance in the face of new approaches to counting people without homes.
Read The Globe and Mail article