Hope Center honors and remembers 19 lives lost to poverty and homeless with candlelight vigil
Paper lanterns were also launched with messages of love written on them
RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - The Hope Center held a candlelight vigil to honor the 19 lives lost over the year due to poverty or homelessness.
“That they were people and that they mattered, They were someone’s child, potentially someone’s parent and definitely someone’s friend,” Melanie Timm, Executive Director of the Hope Center, says.
Hope Center volunteers and homeless community members gathered at the Hope Center’s front steps to remember those friends and family members who have passed away over the last year.
Messages of love and memories were written on paper lanterns before being launched.
The vigil is held during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week to help bring a face and name to those unfortunately often overlooked.
“Is that they feel invisible, and our goal at the Hope Center is for no one to feel invisible,” Timm added.
Many of those who talked tonight expressed their deepest gratitude to the Hope Center for everything they do for them daily.
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