Service honors area homeless who died on the streets

27 homeless people died in western Mass. this past year

This file image from 2014 shows the interior of Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield’s Christ Church Cathedral held a worship service Friday, honoring the memory of the 27 western Massachusetts homeless men and women who died during the past year.

For 25 years, Christ Church Cathedral has conducted the service. Homeless local residents and members of the group Friends of the Homeless filled pews at the Episcopal church Friday afternoon.

Miquel Arroyo told 22News that he knows what it’s like facing the daily dangers to his health and safety. “It can be very cold out there. You’re always looking for the next meal, running into crazy people out there,” Arroyo said.

The Very Rev. Jim Munroe, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, told 22News that the service provides them a way to show that they care. “A service like this allows us to say we know you, we recognize you, and we value you, and we ache for your struggles,” Munroe said.

It is estimated that between 20 and 30 homeless people die every year from problems caused by being on the street.

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