“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” ~Mother Teresa

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“Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.” ~Mother Teresa

Dear friends,
Tomorrow is the longest night of the year. Many of us will celebrate the growing light candle-for enewsthat follows the solstice. But the longest night is also a fitting time to remember those for whom the cold and dark are inescapable realities. I am referring to those in our community who do not have a warm, safe place to live. The following homeless individuals died this last year, exposed to the elements. Their stories will not be written in the paper and few of us will note their absence. Part of peacemaking is bearing witness to the stories that need to be told. We may never know the hopes and struggles behind these names but each one was someone I perhaps walked past on the street, someone who faced challenges I will never know. Please join me tomorrow evening at 5:30 in front of the Courthouse to speak their names and bear witnesss to their struggles. May they each rest finally in peace…Betsy

Jerry Wright
Dennis Yuhazs
Michael Schumacher
Thomas “Wade” Schell
Susan Egeland
Madison Allen
Jim Laufenberger
Wayne Munnell
Ron Clark
Andy Wilder