Please join us to remember those we have lost in the past year.
Date: Thursday, December 21, 2023
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Evergreen Mortuary and Cemetery
3015 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705
City leaders, clergy and Tucson community members will join Primavera Foundation and hundreds of communities across the U.S. to commemorate the lives of those who died without a safe place to call home.
Community members are invited to attend the annual memorial as part of the National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on Thurs., Dec. 21 at Paupers’ Field at Evergreen Cemetery, 3015 N. Oracle Road, Tucson from 4-5:30 p.m. The memorial will feature musical selections, reflections, prayers, and a reading of names.
“This memorial honors the lives of people who died while experiencing homelessness and brings attention to the preventable tragedy of their deaths,” said Tisha Tallman, Chief Executive Officer at Primavera Foundation, which is co-creating pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, financial empowerment and homeownership, and civic and community building and engagement.
“Primavera Foundation believes housing is a basic human right and that no person should die as a result of lack of housing,” Tallman added. “Together with our partners and volunteers, we work diligently across our community to ensure the most vulnerable populations have access to resources, including a safe place to live.”
This year, Primavera Foundation is placing more emphasis on providing safe shelter for more women, especially considering that they are more likely to need shelter spaces that are accommodating for children. According to a recent report, families are among the fastest-growing segments of the homeless population, and a typical homeless family is comprised of a single mother with her two young children.
“Saying goodbye is always difficult and the importance of this moment is magnified further by the way these women died on the streets,” said Reyna León, Director of Shelter Services at Primavera Foundation, about the annual memorial.
“We wanted to honor them and give them a proper goodbye to recognize their lives, their struggles, and their memory. To all of our unhoused neighbors who are no longer with us, you will always be in our hearts,” she added.
The number of unsheltered residents of Tucson increased by 300 percent between 2018 and 2023, according to the Point in Time (PIT) count, which is facilitated by the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness. Since 1983, Primavera Foundation has focused on addressing the root causes of homelessness, including services such as shelters and intervention and prevention programs.
Those who wish to make donations such as blankets, jackets, gloves, hats, grocery gift cards, books and hygiene items may do so at the memorial service or drop them off at the Primavera Foundation Training Center, 151 W. 40th St., Tucson, AZ 85713. Please call (520) 882-5383 to arrange dropping off items.