On January 4, 2023

Candlelight vigil held for homeless in Rutland

The Homeless Prevention Center held its 23rd annual candlelight vigil on Dec. 21 in Rutland.

The vigil is held each year on the winter solstice, along with hundreds of other communities across the country. HPC’s vision is to eliminate hopelessness and homelessness within the community. In the past three years, HPC has helped re-house over 400 homeless Vermonters. Over 50 people gathered in Depot Park to remember friends and neighbors in the community who have struggled, or are currently struggling, to find the sense of home many of us take for granted. The Candlelight Vigil included singing, stories from people who have been homeless, and a moment of silence to honor those who are still struggling or who have lost their lives while homeless.

Brandon residents Emily Nelson and Bill Moore sang for the crowd. The various speakers were from Brandon, Rutland and Castleton.


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