BEST ME­MO­RIAL

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - City Scape -

HOME­LESS ME­MO­RIAL, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY 10 Trinity Square We’ve built mon­u­ments to our war dead, can­on­ized the fa­mous who’ve changed the course of our city’s his­tory and cel­e­brated the lives of those who’ve died from the rav­ages of AIDS. But if a home­less per­son dies alone on the street, does any­body hear? On the steps of the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Toronto Dis­as­ter Re­lief Com­mit­tee has been gath­er­ing on the sec­ond Tues­day of each month since Oc­to­ber 2000, the year city coun­cil de­clared home­less­ness a na­tional dis­as­ter, to say a prayer, sing a song and add names to a com­puter print-out in a dis­play case that’s part of a makeshift me­mo­rial of a dif­fer­ent kind – one for the mostly face­less and name­less. It’s not just so they can be re­mem­bered, but so they may prompt us to ac­tion to end home­less­ness.

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