158 Lives Gone, Homeless, But Remembered

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Bill Sorem

The 30th Annual Minnesota Homeless March and Memorial began with a solemn ceremony in the frigid Minnesota winter at Hennepin County Government Plaza, continued with a march down Nicollet Mall, ending at Simpson United Methodist Church at 28th Street and First Avenue in south Minneapolis. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges participated in the Government Center ceremony surrounded by several hundred gathered to honor the 158 homeless who died this past year, many of them alone.

Mayo Hodges said, “I wish that there weren’t a reason for us to be here tonight… There are 158 reasons for us to come together tonight. It takes money to have an obituary , it takes money to have a funeral and sometimes people don’t have enough for that.”

The packed church crowd saw the signs with the names that had been carried down Nicollet Avenue deposited at the altar rail, heard the names read and watched as 158 candles were lighted in memory of the now missing.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

One thought on “158 Lives Gone, Homeless, But Remembered

  1. This is beyond being a “shame” that there are so many homeless…for so many reasons…in this country of abundance. Who knows if one of these persons who died homeless was one of your family…maybe someone you didn’t even know existed. All humans should be our brothers and sisters.