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Will County officials to memorialize homeless who have died

Officials are hosting a memorial service Dec. 20 to honor homeless and formerly homeless individuals who have died.

The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the downtown Joliet Public Library, according to a news release.

The event is open to the public.

In addition to honoring these individuals, county and city officials hope the event will raise awareness of the needs of those experiencing homelessness in the community. Participants will also discuss the dangers of homelessness, including a shortened life span by about 20 years.

“Through the efforts of the Will County Continuum of Care, agencies across the county are working collaboratively to help meet the needs of the homeless,” Ron Pullman, director of community development in the Will County Land Use Department, said in the release. “These needs include affordable housing, job training and access to medical care. By working together, we can pool our resources to help people get back on their feet.”

The Will County Continuum of Care includes social service agencies, county government, the faith community and local health care providers.

Memorial rocks will be available for family members to write their loved one’s name on.

“It is important that all of us continue to work together to find solutions to help our homeless population,” Merridith Montgomery, the homeless services director for the Will County Center for Community Concerns, said in the release. “This event will remember those we have lost and identify the services that are available to the homeless in our country.”

For information, call Montgomery at 815-722-0277, extension 2205.

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