YAKIMA, Wash. – The Homeless Network of Yakima County hosts its Fifth Annual Homeless Persons' Memorial on Monday in Downtown Yakima.
The event always takes place on the first day of winter, the longest night of year, to give people a sense of what it is like to be homeless in the cold.
Annette Rodriguez of Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is one of the organizers of the event. She says that these days anyone could find themselves in their situation.
"I think we're all just a paycheck away from being homeless," she said. "Folks should remember that we are fortunate that we are working."
The memorial is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. inside Millennium Plaza. The event will have multiple speakers and hot soup and cookies will be served.
"These are hard times, these are families and single individuals who've had some kind of crisis in their life," said Rodriguez.
Vigils like the one in Yakima are scheduled across the country.