Shedding a light on homelessness
More than 80 people gathered in Oxnard’s Plaza Park for a candlelight vigil on Saturday, Dec. 19, to shed light on the difficult circumstances faced by the more than 600 men, women and children who are homeless in the city. The event was co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura County and All Saint’s Episcopal Church/Iglesia Episcopal de Todos los Santos. Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez told the crowd, “We will be judged by what we do for the least of us, for the poor and those in need. And we are not doing a very good job yet.”
In memoriam of the homeless that died
Nearly 200 people marched in Downtown Ventura and gathered at the gazebo at Plaza Park in Ventura on Sunday, Dec. 20, for the 10th Annual Homeless Persons’ Memorial Service, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura in cooperation with clergy from 10 other houses of faith. Two of those ministers read the names of 18 men and eight women who had spent the last days of their lives homeless in Ventura County. “Most died years before their natural time. The youngest was 23. The oldest was 82 and blind,” said the Rev. Ed Brock, interim director of Lift Up Your Voice, a program of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura.