Memorial Honoring 210 Homeless People Who Died on the Streets of O.C. Held at Garden Grove Church

Candles flickered in remembrance of transient people who died this year in Orange County during the Homeless Persons’ Inter-religious Memorial Service held in the arboretum at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

The outside of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove is seen here in an undated image. (Credit: Google Maps)

The outside of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove is seen here in an undated image. (Credit: Google Maps)

The Diocese of Orange and advocacy organizations held the second annual memorial service on National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on Thursday — the first day of winter and the longest night of the year — for 210 men, women and children who died on the streets of the county.

The event was held blocks from one of the largest homeless encampments in the county, located along the Santa Ana River Trail.

“In honoring the inherent dignity of each of these human beings that have perished, we are called to shine a light on the issue of homelessness in our communities and encourage all to set aside any judgment or callousness and respond to the desperate calls from our streets,” said Michael Donaldson, director of pastoral care for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.

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