Held annually by the Union County Community Shelter, the vigil takes place during the National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, held each year the week before Thanksgiving.
“This is a season when many of us think about what we are thankful for,” said Kathy Bragg, CEO of the shelter. “It’s a perfect time to recognize that others don’t have the bounties that we have and to share our compassion with those who are experiencing hunger or homelessness.
“Our homeless are thankful, too. They’re thankful for the shelter and for the generosity of Union County residents who give and give and give. If it were not for the many churches, businesses, individuals and family supporters of the shelter, our county’s residents would live without sufficient healthy food and a clean, safe place to sleep at night.”
The vigil will be held on the site of the new Community Shelter facility on Meadow Street, just off Skyway Drive. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Union Academy staff and volunteers serving a barbecue dinner to guests and soup kitchen clients.
Community volunteer Laverne White, Union Academy Headmaster Ann Walters and long-time former shelter employee Derrick Burnell will lead the vigil, which runs from 6:15 to 7 p.m.
Last year, the community shelter provided services to 3,858 individuals, including 54,591 soup kitchen meals. It also provided 10,934 nights of emergency housing.