Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Remembers Those Who Have Died While Homeless in the Past Year

From homeless advocates:

Every year, on the first day of winter, communities across the nation gather to remember those who have died while homeless in the past year. Join your neighbors on December 21 for a candlelight vigil for the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Southern Humboldt will meet under the clock in Garberville at dark and those in Eureka will meet at the Gazebo. Please consider bringing something to share–warm clothing, food, prayer, or a memory. Let’s honor those that have died on our streets in Humboldt County and throughout out the nation on this night.



  • A very nice thing to do. God Bless you all.i can’t be there,but I lite a candle

  • Victor G. Flashman

    We love you, bums! Thanks for everything you do for our region. Please come back and bring all your friends!

    • Hey i was going to say that !!!! lol also “thanks for taking craps in every alley i have ever walked down and harassing me for money and well just for making our town look like a total shit hole! yes thank you,

  • “A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.”

    • Really? And when did that ever happen? If you’re thinking of the Nazi’s, their victims were certainly not the weakest. The Communist regimes, those wonders of gulags and forced labor. List one history record of a society honored for its threatment of the weakest members. The closest you’ll come is the US and those subsequently influenced by them and that is due to a honored Constitution, while defective in part, was capable of increasing the rights it conferred. And that record is certainly far from perfect. It’s just others are much worse.

      Now if you insist on an aphorism, try history is written by the victors. And the victors will justify themselves by pounting out just how horribly abusive the losers were.

  • unbridled phillistine

    Ya know I used to work in Eureka and I would give money to people all the time, My compassion has wavered since I realized that those same people are still out there begging, Nothing has changed for them. They are not down on their luck tryn to get back on their feet, They choose to live that life style because they want to. So why should I participate? Im out of the helping the homeless any further! Sorry about the loved ones you have lost, But you lost them long before they were homeless.

    • most of those use to live in the facility behind the Court House Market before the County torn it down and they never wander far from it. they are mentally ill and some of them self-medicate.

  • Enabling drug users, alcoholics and career criminals is a social crime. These enablers are the problem as much as the street thugs.

  • If all these people remembering the homeless friends and loved ones they lost had just I don’t know…maybe have taken them in, then maybe they’d still be alive? It just seems like if you’re that worried you’d have them come stay with you…and if they refused to stay with their loved ones or friends who offered then whose fault is it they were hungry, cold or unable to sleep wherever they damn well please? A lot of these people CHOOSE to live this way! Then get mad when society doesn’t want them just sleeping on the sidewalk or begging for our hard earned money whilst some of us are trying to be productive citizens…I was homeless, I worked my butt off to get out of the back of a truck and into a place and I have not stopped working my butt off since! A huge percentage of these people make a CHOICE and a large percentage actually receive money each month and do nothing but contribute to the drug issue in the county with said money. Help yourself. Take the help you are offered, otherwise, you are your own issue…IMO

  • Lumping all homeless together as addicts and problems is ridiculous.
    Ive met numerous homeless who work jobs but can’t make enough to afford first, last and deposit. Rents are skyrocketing everywhere.

    If you get injured or sick with something that doesn’t allow you to work, you will most likely eventually have to live on the streets.
    The 23% increase in homeless in the last year in LA was due to mainly 50-60+ year old folks with health issues who cant afford anything ending up living in car or tent. There’s no real help. Disability used to help people get better&back to work, now it doesn’t pay for hardly anything that could help someone heal. The stress of worrying about rent, food, bills etc doesn’t help people heal either, it deters it.

    Yes some people choose that lifestyle and/or have been in it so long they don’t know how to get out of it.
    Many need mental health help.
    Not everyone can afford to take another person into their household. If you think that woukd help then why arent you doing it???
    People have to realize that just sitting and bitching does nothing, we have to start doing. One if the worst things our society has bred is the “someone else will take care of it/tell me what to do” attitude.
    Please stop putting every homeless person in that one box.

    Push for better mental health programs and facilities. There are going to be more and more homeless folks in the next few years as we come to the next recession/depression.
    Personally I think taking out devil playground made things waaay worse!!

    If you’re a Christian then shame on you! Jesus basically said to take care of the poor and utilize their plight to be grateful for all you have.

    • He also said ‘The poor you will always have with you but you do not always have me.’ Only modern man insists that having poor people is equivalent to being unkind and uncaring.

      You can not fix other people’s problems. They have to fix their own. You also can not devote all your resources to trying to fix them. Being open handed is middle of the road where charity is given but it does not turn into extortion.

  • Here’s the Code of Ethics strictly obeyed by the “homeless” that I remember. They called themselves Hobos and my Dad frequently hired them. The “homeless” of today wouldn’t last ten minutes in hobo court.

    At the 1889 National Hobo Convention in St. Louis, a strict ethical code was established for all hobos to follow. Here are some tips we could all use, no matter what you carry in your rucksack.
    1. YOU DO YOU.

    “Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.”

    “When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.”

    “Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.”
    4. GET A JOB.

    “Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.”

    “When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.”

    “Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos.”

    “When jungling in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as badly, if not worse than you.”
    8. DON’T LITTER.

    “Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are jungling.”
    9. LEND A HAND.

    “If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help.”

    “Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.”

    “When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crew member.”
    12. … AND WHEN YOU’RE NOT.

    “Do not cause problems in a train yard, another hobo will be coming along who will need passage through that yard.”

    “Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home.”

    “Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.”

    “If present at a hobo court and you have testimony, give it. Whether for or against the accused, your voice counts!”

    How times have changed

  • Sad. It’s by design; people are easier to control
    when they’re homeless.

  • Well society does judge individuals, especially in the internet age. It seems folks who group all these different people together as one self righteous class of non self preserving drug addicts do so to justify their own lack of care, effort, and community cohesion. It seems that along side this lower class some decide to attack people who help,…keeping in Holiday spirit of course. When friends of mine complain about homeless folks, I ask them to stop whining about their first world problems. My hat is off to these folks above.

  • It’s hard to read such awful comments about dead people. They are someone’s mother, father, brother, sister, uncle, cuz. They are human and deserve the honor. Do you know that most homeless people that die on the street, don’t get a funeral. Like you will. They are cremated and ALL put into a mass county grave? Well they do. Their family never knows they have died….
    I walk the talk. I take people in and help in anyway I can. This is not the place to be critiquing dead people.
    I HATE TO TELL YOU BUT WE WILL ALL BE JUDGED someday…We must treat people the way you would want you or your family member treated.
    On this day I will stand in the cold and rain like I have for the last decade and honor those that have gone before me And lost their struggle of life on our streets in southern humboldt County

  • Then I will get up the next day and Volunteer helping people in my community. That’s what community is all about. We are all connected and interdependent on each other. Someday you may find yourself down on your luck and could end up to be one of the people you are hacking on and you will be thanking God that their are people like me and not like you. If you die out there know I will honor your life and defend you from the heartless trolls and community members. I will work real hard to find “Your” loved ones and family so they don’t put YOU in a mass grave. Talk, Talk, Talk, no walk in your talk. Call me what you want. Know I will be there for you or your child or loved one, when you are NOT!

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