2014 Vigil
Procession with casket and motorcycle escort to the New York Ave. Presbyterian Church

The 2014 Vigil took place on Thursday, December 18 and Friday, December, 19. Sponsors included: Miriam’s Kitchen, The Way Home Campaign, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, the Fair Budget Coalition, the Coalition for Non-profit Housing and Economic Development (CNHED).The program began with a late afternoon ceremony in front of the Church of the Pilgrim on 14th St, by a green area in which Mitch Snyder’s ashes are buried in a common grave. This was followed by a candlelight procession down 14th St to Freedom Plaza in which participants carried placards with the names of people who had died on the streets in 2014. Following a warm dinner there a speaker program followed a training session on the DC budget. Several participants did outreach to individuals sleeping on the streets where they were given a packet that included warm underwear, socks, hat, scarves and gloves. Participants in the Overnight Challenge spent the night in a tent.

After breakfast on Friday PFC hosted a speakers program. Patty Fugere, Director of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless gave a stirring keynote address. Following a procession with casket and motorcycle escort to the New York Ave. Presbyterian Church, participants were fed lunch followed by a memorial service organized by the NCH. Media coverage expanded this year. During the Vigil media footage was taken that ultimately became a movie called Fairness Rising, a collaboration with the Street Sense Media on the Streets program. Indi Media produced a video on the 2014 Vigil.