Thursday, December 21, 2006

Those who didn't fit

have finally managed to reconnect to society in some way...
Service to recall homeless who died this year

Thursday, December 21, 2006
By Joe Fahy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A memorial service today will pay tribute to nine homeless people who lived on Pittsburgh's streets and died this year.

The total is the highest since 1996, when 10 deaths occurred, said Dr. James Withers, founder and director of Operation Safety Net, which organizes the annual memorial service. He noted that the people who died lived outside rather than in shelters.

A program of Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, Operation Safety Net provides health care and social services to local homeless people.

Each year, cities around the country hold memorial events to remember homeless people who have died and to call attention to the problem of homelessness.

The public is invited to the local event, which will be held at 7 p.m., Downtown, under the Monroeville ramp to the Parkway East, at the south end of Grant Street near Fort Pitt Boulevard. Plaques are mounted on a wall at the site to commemorate homeless people who have died...


Peace to them.

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