Public invited to Candlelight Walk for the Homeless
Two homeless individuals who died in La Crosse during the month of December will be among those commemorated on Friday, December 21st
as part of National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. 54-year-old Mark Fuchstener was found dead December 4th
on the 1100 block of Main Street in a yard about one block from the La Crosse Warming Center. 51-year-old Yvonne Boehme died on December 14th after being hit by a car on West Avenue four days earlier.
For the fifth year in a row, The Salvation Army will lead an event to coincide with the national day of memoriam. This year's event begins at 4:15 p.m. at Burns Park (8th and Main Streets in La Crosse). Participants will be given candles and invited to join in a candlelight walk to Cameron Park (5th and King Sts.). The walk will conclude with a silent vigil, prayer, and the reading of the names of the eight individuals - four homeless and four formerly homeless in La Crosse who died this past year.
National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day is held on December 21st, the shortest day of the year and the longest night. The event draws attention to the very real problem of homelessness both in large cities and here in the La Crosse area. Last year, 175 communities representing 44 states and the District of Columbia participated in the 22nd Annual National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day
As of November 30th, The Salvation Army had provided 22,677 nights of shelter in 2012.
La Crosse's Winter Warming Center also allows those without homes and who do not qualify for shelters a place to stay safe and warm during the cold winter nights. Since November of this year, the warming center has provided shelter to 47 unduplicated guests and turned away 23 due to capacity.
For more information about The Salvation Army please call 608-782-6126; for The Winter Warming Center please call Catholic Charities 608-782-0710.