PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Advocates for the homeless have held a memorial service for those who died in Rhode Island without shelter last year.
The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless held its annual homeless memorial service on Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in downtown Providence.
WPRO-AM reports (http://bit.ly/WLYyhh ) that a few hundred people attended. Family members and friends read aloud the names of 32 homeless people who are known to have died over the past year while a brass ensemble played.
Jim Ryczek, executive director of the coalition, says ‘‘far too many’’ homeless individuals were not remembered with such a service when they died.
Homeless advocates say that over 4,400 people experience homelessness in Rhode Island every year.
Information from: WPRO-AM, http://www.630wpro.com/