[Hpn] Homeless Memorial Day Vigils, in Four NH Cities Manchester,Concord,Laconia.and Nashua

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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Honoring the less fortunate



Ceremony pays tribute to homeless who died



By DAN MAGAZU

dmagazu@manchexpress.com

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Each year, several homeless residents across the state die mostly =
unnoticed out in the cold. Unlike most people, they rarely receive =
proper burials or obituaries in the paper.

To recognize and honor these individuals, a small group of residents =
have been gathering in Veterans Park since 1999 on the longest night of =
each year.

"We want to bring attention to the troubles of the homeless and honor =
those who have died over the past year," said Cindy Carlson, who =
organizes the Manchester gathering, which is one of hundreds that occur =
across the country on or near the winter solstice. The events are =
sponsored by the National Coalition for the Homeless.

This year's ceremony is set to take place on Friday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. =
Carlson, a formerly homeless mother, was one of the first to graduate =
from a program provided by Families in Transition that assists homeless =
women and their children. In 2000, Carlson got involved as an AmeriCorps =
member, working at the Way Home, a non-profit housing organization.

While she is no longer homeless herself, she has developed

relationships with many of the city's homeless and still tries to help =
them whenever she can. "Most people here in Manchester call me Cindy the

sandwich lady," Carlson said. "The name is about more than just food. It =
is a manner in which one can develop relationships, build trust and then =
help them better identify and meet their needs."

Since 1999, Carlson has compiled a list of the names of 83 homeless =
people who have died across the state. The ever-expanding list is read =
off during the ceremony.

"These people don't just freeze to death. Many die of untreated =
illnesses," Carlson said. "You have people on the streets with cancer =
and

diabetes, but no health care."





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recognize and honor these individuals, a small group of residents have =
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gathering in <st1:place w:st=3D"on"><st1:PlaceName=20
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Roman">=93We want to=20
bring attention to the troubles of the homeless and honor those who have =
died=20
over the past year,=94 said Cindy Carlson, who organizes the <st1:City=20
w:st=3D"on"><st1:place w:st=3D"on">Manchester</st1:place></st1:City> =
gathering,=20
which is one of hundreds that occur across the country on or near the =
winter=20
solstice. The events are sponsored by the National Coalition for the=20
Homeless.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: #231f20"><FONT face=3D"Times New =
Roman">This year=92s=20
ceremony is set to take place on Friday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. Carlson, a =
formerly=20
homeless mother, was one of the first to graduate from a program =
provided by=20
Families in Transition that assists homeless women and their children. =
In 2000,=20
Carlson got involved as an AmeriCorps member, working at the Way Home, a =

non-profit housing organization.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal=20
style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; =
mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: #231f20"><FONT face=3D"Times New =
Roman">While she=20
is no longer homeless herself, she has =
developed<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal=20
style=3D"MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-ALIGN: justify; =
mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: #231f20"><FONT=20
face=3D"Times New Roman">relationships with many of the city=92s =
homeless and still=20
tries to help them whenever she can. =93Most people here in <st1:City=20
w:st=3D"on"><st1:place w:st=3D"on">Manchester</st1:place></st1:City> =
call me Cindy=20
the<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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mso-layout-grid-align: none"><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 14pt; COLOR: #231f20"><FONT face=3D"Times New =
Roman">sandwich=20
lady,=94 Carlson said. =93The name is about more than just food. It is a =
manner in=20
which one can develop relationships, build trust and then help them =
better=20
identify and meet their needs.=94<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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Roman">Since 1999,=20
Carlson has compiled a list of the names of 83 homeless people who have =
died=20
across the state. The ever-expanding list is read off during the=20
ceremony.<o:p></o:p></FONT></SPAN></P>
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people don=92t just freeze to death. Many die of untreated illnesses,=94 =
Carlson=20
said. =93You have people on the streets with cancer=20
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