On Saturday, the longest night of the year, Advocates to End Chronic Homelessness will sponsor a memorial church service for homeless people who are known to have died during 2013, homeless advocates said Monday.
The service will be at 7 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 402 N. Topeka. The public is invited.
There have been nine deaths so far this year, including a man found dead camping in an alley near the downtown YMCA last month, the advocacy group said in a written statement.
Wichita police Officer Nate Schwiethale of the Police Department’s homeless outreach team, will take part in the service, the statement said. He’s been named the department’s Officer of the Year for 2013.
The advocacy group is made up of volunteers from several faith traditions committed to helping the homeless and trying to change lives rather than maintain homelessness, the group’s statement said.