Glendale, California (December 17, 2014) – On Monday, December 22, 2014, Ascencia will hold a public vigil to raise awareness to the national tragedy of homelessness and locally, to remember our homeless neighbors who have died in the past year. The ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. at Cerritos Park, 3690 San Fernando Road, Glendale, CA 91210. All are welcome.
Nationally observed on the first day of winter, the longest night of the year, Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day falls on December 21. “We draw inspiration from Dale and William, who were able to overcome years of homelessness and who died in their own homes. And we continue to work to for the day when there are no more names to add to the list of people who died on the streets,” says Ascencia Executive Director Natalie Profant Komuro.
The ceremony will include a reading of the names of those clients who have recently passed away: Terry Robson, Billy Madrid, Eddie Carillo, Linda Falcon and Rosemarie Avalos were living on the streets. William Burke and Dale Kirby, formerly homeless clients, died in their own homes. Ascencia will also recognize clients’ beloved companion and service animals who have recently died, including Princess the cat. Candles for the vigil are welcome.
Ascencia is located at 1851 Tyburn Street in Glendale. Ascencia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing street outreach, case management, a 40-bed year-round emergency shelter and over 60 units of permanent supportive housing to homeless men, women and children in the greater Glendale area. For more information about Ascencia’s programs and services, please visit www.AscenciaCA.org.