King’s University College students aiding homeless

The students are supporting the  London Homeless Coalition which wants to build a  memorial and plaque in Campbell Memorial Park in the east section of the downtown. It is to honour the homeless who have died in our community.

The students have started a community-focused social media campaign, running till Feb. 26.

I found them through Twitter.

About $9,500 has been raised and the total cost is $15,000.

For more information or for a list of places where you can drop off a donation, here is a link.

You can follow the campaign on Twitter: @LondonMemorial



7 thoughts on “King’s University College students aiding homeless

  1. What are the young people’s criteria for declaring a deceased citizen Homeless and
    publishing that information for perpetuity on a plaque apparently to be allowed use
    of space in a municipal park ?

  2. “Homelessness” is a serious problem and one would expect Social Work students to
    be looking for solutions, not asking us “Homed” for cash apparently for the Salvation
    Army to purchase dreary accusatory plaques for our pleasure sites, the public parks.
    I recoil at these deceased persons being labelled only by their housing arrangement
    at the time they died – is this all there is to say about a human life? ‘No fixed address’?
    If someone dies who is not a “loser” like this, what is done? A grave is purchased,
    grave marker commissioned and someone submits a paid classified advertising Death
    Notice in the local newspaper. This assumes the dead Homeless Person has no kin to
    take over, those who once shared a family home with this N.F.A Londoner.
    A social media campaign is fun and apparently a great way to get money, but might it
    not be directed to something more solution-oriented, or more geared to celebration of
    the life of this displaced person lost on the streets of London Ontario ?

  3. I guess because there is no marker to acknowledge the deceased, the idea is this monument would note the passing of a person otherwise not noted.
    Very good questions though. Will wait to see what light the coalition can shed on this.

  4. I received a reply from Abe at the London Homeless Coalition about names being engraved on the memorial:
    “Names will not be listed on the plaque itself, which will be permanent. However, for those individuals of whom we have permission from next-of-kin if available, names will be recognized on likely an annual basis. We have a communication process involving police, hospital, and social service agencies to determine if there has been a death from someone in the community.”

  5. So the marker is to recognize the state of “Homelessness” past present and future.
    And police, hospitals, social service agencies keep ongoing lists of citizens who die
    with no fixed address and share them with this community group.
    What are the criteria for them to do so ? Is there not a privacy issue ?
    -What is happening to these remains is of interest. No London address, but some do
    have relatives somewhere apparently, so not entirely forgotten.
    Are local charity graves, presumably paid for by the municipality aka taxpayers visited
    occasionally on behalf of these family members ?
    Are Death Notices put in the paper, not focussing on the residence situation but on their
    lives, born where, wartime military service if any, just like Homed citizens?
    -Understand that the funeral homes are finding the cost of these basic charity funerary
    arrangement are rising, without a raise in the municipal allowance for them, essentially
    these services donating to the families who cannot afford them if the deceased’s own
    estate is without resources
    What about what most people want, a marker indicating who lies here, not like a Potters
    Field ? Something family history researchers may find someday to verify the facts of
    that life, born year and date of death.
    Lots of questions from people who look at this from a family tree point of view –
    not inappropriate re the upcoming ‘Family Day’, surely not limited to thinking of those
    who are still on one’s active birthday card list..

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