6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at The Portico — 1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa 33602

Members of The Portico community and others interested in raising awareness of the causes of homelessness will commemorate those who have died in the past year while living outside.

They are the faceless names of those who many of us did not know, but we gather to honor their memory and give voice to the societal issue of homelessness. This memorial service honors the dignity and worth of people without shelter whom we’ve lost this year.

This service is a time for family, friends, advocates, community leaders and service providers to come together and show respect to the valued lives of our most vulnerable citizens. In many cases, this service will be the only commemoration of their passing.