Homelessness Will Make You Sick and Can Kill You
AHCH’s Memorial Wall Recognizes the Lives Tragically Lost to Homelessness
Thank you. Your giving is a solution to the complex and serious problem of homelessness in our community.
AHCH’s Memorial Wall serves as a visual reminder of the homelessness epidemic affecting our city. It also serves as a tool for education and a work of art. The Memorial Wall is a unique creation, an uncommon and uplifting response to the tragic and unnecessary loss of human life.
Thirty-three new memorial tiles were added to the Memorial Wall last month. Each ceramic tile is a memorial to a person who passed away due to experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque. The loss of life due to current or past homelessness is often attributed to illness, violence, exposure to the elements, and unaddressed health care needs.
Each tile was individually decorated by an ArtStreet artist, friend, lover, or family member to capture the essence of their lives and as a collective, their vibrant energy will live on.
“The thirty-three tiles that are going up are just the people we know about. In the past few days, we’ve had to add more people and their tiles will be worked on soon,” per ArtStreet Therapeutic Art Professional Laurie Haggart-Pierce. Mindy Grossberg, ArtStreet Program Coordinator, reacted emotionally during the interview and following Pierce’s statement. Mindy who has worked at ArtStreet for well over a decade was taken back at the site of a familiar name that was added only hours ago.
After a brief pause, Mindy adds, “This tile here is special." She grazes the glazed tile and traces the name with her finger. The memorial tile reads: “We will remember you.”
By the end of 2017, an estimated six-hundred tiles will have been placed to remember the names of those lost to homelessness. A visual reminder of the urgency in the fight against homelessness.
As a community, we will gather and pause to remember on December 21 at 12:30 p.m. beginning at Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH). A remembrance walk to the candlelight vigil at The Rock at Noonday will follow, hosted by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness.
New Mexico, along with peer organizations across the nation, recognizes December 21st as National Homeless Persons’ Day. The National Health Care for the Homeless Council encourages events on this date, which is the the First Day of Winter and the longest night of the year.
At AHCH, we build our annual year-end campaign around the First Day of Winter to reinforce how important quality health care is to help people overcome, exit and avoid future homelessness.
You can make a difference all year long with a monthly gift to AHCH.