Homeless remembered

Locals among those honored in ceremony


December 28, 2022

Sarah Brown

Several dozen people, above, gather close on a very cold night and light candles in remembrance of the homeless who died this past year.

Approximately 50 people from throughout Linn and Benton counties attended the 14th annual Homeless Persons Memorial Service, held Wednesday night, Dec. 21, at the 2nd CHANCE Shelter in Albany.

Participants stood outside the shelter in nearly freezing temperatures, some with lit candles, while others who were receiving assistance from the shelter stood farther away to smoke cigarettes.

"It has become our tradition on winter's longest night to honor those we have lost in the past year who have experienced the trauma of homelessness," Community Services Consortium HEART chairwoman Dina El...

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