Every December, CHIP hosts the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service for the city of Indianapolis. This service is held in remembrance for Indianapolis’ neighbors who have experienced homelessness and have passed away during the year.
The Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service is held very near the winter solstice. We hold this day of remembrance near winter solstice because the winter solstice is the longest night of the year. This is to draw attention to the plight of many of our neighbors who need help and to call for greater action on their behalf.
However, it is also the turning point in the season. Days become longer as nights shorten. The Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service marks a time for remembrance. But it also marks a time of transition and hope.
Indianapolis is one of over 180 cities in the United States that conduct a memorial service to commemorate the lives of those who have passed on. More information about the genesis of the Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service can be found here.
In 2017, over 200 Indianapolis community members gathered to remember 58 known neighbors, as well as any others who may not be known to us.
In addition to those remembered at our service, a list with more information on some of those commemorated can be found here. This page is compiled by one of our formerly homeless allies, Michael Schwing.