Around 40 people gathered at the Gazebo on the Newport Common Monday on the longest night of the year to hold the sixth annual candlelight vigil for homeless people in the Newport area, the State of New Hampshire, and the entire United States.
A proclamation from Governor Maggie Hassan was read followed by speaker Jim Doherty who spoke about his own personal experiences of what it is like to be homeless and who now runs a homeless shelter in Unity.
Names of each of the 28 homeless people who died in 2015 were read and a candle was lit in their memory. A prayer was given for the homeless to end the memorial service.
On any given day in New Hampshire about 1600 people are dealing with homelessness and yesterday’s event, organized by the Episcopal and Methodist Churches in Newport, aimed to raise awareness.
A vigil for the homeless was also held last night by the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction at 5:00 PM.