by Unitarian Universalist Church
For the first time in 14 years, the interfaith community will not hold a memorial service at which we remember, by name, all of our neighbors in the county who died without a home in the past year. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura coordinates the Memorial. This service is traditionally held as close as possible to the Winter Solstice, the longest night, in recognition of all those still sleeping out in the cold.
Due to county restrictions during the pandemic, no event permits are being issued for Plaza Park, and no one is sure our usual event could be held safely this year. However, it is right that we remember those who died without a home this year in some way.
As of early November, and at the time of this writing, we are aware of 75 people who died without a home in the county this year. We expect that number to increase as we hear of more names from our sources at the Coroner’s Office and social service providers throughout the county.
It is right that their names be read — even if they are not read aloud.
This is just about ¼ of them.
Rev. Donald Baker