The Elms College School of Nursing, in collaboration with The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Sunday Sandwich Ministry, is holding a memorial service and dinner to honor homeless persons who have passed away in 2015 in Chicopee.

Service to Honor Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Service to Honor Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

What: The Elms College School of Nursing, in collaboration with The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Sunday Sandwich Ministry, is holding a memorial service and dinner to honor homeless persons who have passed away in 2015 in Chicopee. The public is invited to join in remembrance. Food pantry donations of nonperishable food items or money may be made at the event.

When: 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. The memorial will be held at 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by a dinner service at 5 p.m.

Where: Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry, 170 Pendexter Ave., Chicopee, Mass. The memorial program will be held outside, so attendees should dress accordingly.

Why: For 25 years, on or near the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has advocated this national day of memory to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have lost their lives to homelessness.

Who: Participants in the memorial program will include:

· The Hon. Richard Kos, mayor of Chicopee.

· Sr. Mary Reap, IHM, Ph.D., president of Elms College.

· Fr. Joseph Benicewicz, OFM Conv., pastor of St. Stanislaus.

· Deacon Joseph Peters of St. Stanislaus.

· Dr. Kathleen Scoble, dean of the School of Nursing at Elms College.

· Br. Michael Duffy, OFM Conv., of the School of Nursing at Elms College.

· Sr. Carol Allan, SSJ, of the Elms College Campus Ministry.

· Eileen Kirk of the Elms College Campus Ministry.

· Jan Lucier, MSN, RN, CCAP HNB-BC, of the School of Nursing at Elms College.

 

Sponsors: The Elms College School of Nursing operates the caRe vaN, providing free healthcare to the homeless and underserved of Chicopee and Holyoke.

The Basilica of St. Stanislaus Sandwich Ministry distributes food and clothing to people who are homeless or facing financial challenges in Chicopee center each Sunday.

Lorraine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving the hungry and disadvantaged in the greater Chicopee community. Lorraine’s serves an average of 100 meals each evening and approximately 500 families a month through the pantry.