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On the longest night of the year, December 21, members of the St. Louis community gathered at Centenary United Methodist Church to remember 14 people who died homeless in St. Louis in 2017.

Reverend Kathleen Wilder spoke of the importance of the memorial service in her welcome. “Because we do this, their name is called, and their life is remembered and valued,” she said.

Dr. Gary Morse recently joined some of the foremost leaders in the effort to end homelessness at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Innovations in Case Management Expert Panel.

The two-day conference provided discussion between 10 experts in the field from diverse professional backgrounds and 10 participants from federal agencies. Discussion revolved around the importance of housing, and also the much-needed areas of focus after a person has moved into housing.