Rochester’s Departed Homeless Not Forgotten
Monday, December 21, 2009 is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. It is the first day of winter, and the longest night of the year. Since 1990, Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day has brought attention to the plight of homelessness, and honored those who have died while homeless. Over 100 cities, including Rochester, are joining the National Coalition for the Homeless to hold events on or around this day.
Last night local providers of care for Rochester’s homeless gathered to remember those homeless citizens who lost their lives in 2009. Their names were read aloud during a memorial service at the Unity St. Mary’s Campus Chapel.
The service was sponsored by Unity Health System’s Health Care for the Homeless Program, in collaboration with The Friends of St. Bridget’s, Dimitri House, House of Mercy, Open Door Mission and St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality.
For more information about homelessness in our community visit www.homelessservicesrochesterny.org
About Unity’s Health Care for the Homeless:
Unity’s Health Care for the Homeless Program, provides comprehensive health care services for the homeless. Services provided at shelters and other locations in Rochester for men, women, and children include health assessments, treatment, referral, and coordination with primary care providers, TB screenings, substance abuse evaluations, mental health evaluations, dental evaluation, screenings and education about HIV/AIDS.
Unity Health System provides a complete network of health care services from the Unity Park Ridge Hospital Campus in the town of Greece, the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, and at numerous other sites throughout Rochester and western Monroe County. Services include inpatient and outpatient hospital care and surgery, a family birth place, women’s health services, chemical dependency and mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult day health and home health programs for older adults, retirement communities, child care, and laboratory services, among many others.