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Aurora holds annual community homeless service

Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 6:00 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2021 at 9:15 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Aurora is remembering those who passed away this past year while experiencing homelessness.

Organization leaders hosted Aurora’s 21st Annual Community Homeless Memorial Service on Thursday night.

Members of the community gathered to light 150 candles, and reflected on the memory of nine individuals who died in the Evansville community because of the day-to-day realities and long-term effects of homelessness.

The memorial service is held during the winter months, which marks the beginning of a particularly difficult and dangerous time for people who are homeless.

“Through this memorial service, and the over 150 other individuals who passed away experiencing homelessness,” Aurora Executive Director Zac Heronemus said. “That we can show the community that no matter who you are, no matter what your background is, everyone has value and we believe that tremendously with the people that we serve.”

Heronemus made a call to action to the community to not only donate to organizations that help those who are homeless, but to take the time to learn more about homelessness.

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