Service remembers homeless who have died in Wichita

Homeless shelter beds, Photo Credit: Marc Manera

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita religious and nonprofit leaders are remembering the homeless people who died this past year in the city.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that more than 50 people attended a memorial service Sunday night at St. James Episcopal Church. Some attendees brought bouquets of flowers.

Pastor Rick Cline says it doesn’t matter what a person’s life circumstances were or how they died. Cline, who is also a spokesman for the Advocates to End Chronic Homelessness, said they are “all human beings and deserve respect and dignity.”

Anne Corriston, executive director of Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita, said that in years past, the homeless memorial service remembered as many as nine or 10 people who had died. This year five were remembered. The names are received through various work or homeless agencies.


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