In 2012, at least 18 homeless individuals lost their lives while living on the streets or in shelters in Lee County. The Lee County Homeless Coalition's 16th Annual Candlelight Vigil will be held Friday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m., on the steps of the Old Lee County Courthouse located at 2120 Main St., in Fort Myers. The Candlelight Vigil mourns those who have died while living on the streets or in shelters, and it educates communities that the lack of affordable housing, shelter, living wages, and accessible health care is a problem that must be addressed.
The Candlelight Vigil will include opening remarks by Janet Bartos, executive director of the Lee County Homeless Coalition, and Fred Schilffarth, coalition board member. The opening prayer will be presented by the Rev. Allison Farnum from Unitarian Universalist Church. Music will be provided by Lee Community Youth Chorus and taps will be performed by Jay Caruthers.