Public officials and private citizens gathered at Don Davis Park in Nye Beach, overlooking the sea, to remember homeless men and women who have passed on despite others efforts to save them, accommodate them and love them. Some of the departed homeless were family members, some were friends, others who had neither.
These fifty people who remembered the homeless were reciting prayers, personal stories about a homeless loved one or a friend and lit candles on Wednesday night, the longest night of the year, December 20th. They were acknowledging that the homeless would be sleeping outside, or possibly under something outside, the longest of any night in the year. the winter solstice.
Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, a tireless advocate for the homeless, reflected that Lincoln County has made substantial progress at helping the homeless get their lives back on track through the creation of transitional housing, job training and mental health services. “But,” he added, “the need far exceeds what government alone can do.”
Additional remarks are contained in the following video:
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