Vigil shines light on problem of homelessness in La Crosse

Published On: Dec 21 2012 09:50:21 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 21 2012 10:45:13 PM CST

People in our community pause to remember homeless people who've lost their lives this year, including the two from this month in La Crosse.

It's the fifth year the Salvation Army has organized a vigil in the city.

Several organizations that help the homeless in our area joined family members and other homeless people on a walk to Cameron Park near downtown.

A member of the Salvation Army says this is a good way to shine a light on the continuing problem. "We're very fortunate to have a shelter in terms of the Salvation Army and the warming center to help those who don't qualify for services at the Salvation Army, but that doesn't mean there aren't still people outside and those are the people we worry about each night," said Salvation Army Case Manager Kathy Bolling.

The Salvation Army has provided nearly 23,000 nights of shelter this year, and dozens more have been helped by the La Crosse Warming Center.