In 2013 one of the guys I had been working with passed away after falling down a flight of stairs at one of our local shelters. That began a quest for answers and to do something.

In his book Holy Discontent, Bill Hybels wrote about having our Popeye moments. As Popeye would say “that’s all I can stands I can’t stands it no more.” Every year we continue to lose more and more men and women from our homeless and marginalized community. Yearly, in October we hold an annual memorial to remember those we have lost each year.  Throughout the year I am asked to perform memorials in various locations in our city as well as in the park. We recently had our 5th annual Homeless Memorial. The video is a link that one of our leadership team filmed during the memorial.

Very powerful & impacting words from Chaplain Chuck at The Homeless Memorial in Vernon BC. Good job Chuck, and thank you for having a heart for our street people, the lost, lonely and broken and loving them just as Jesus loves us! We are remembering our families & friends not only in Vernon but everywhere who have been lost to the streets. This was the 5th annual Homeless Memorial, which was initiated by Chaplain Chuck Harper after being broken by the loss of our street friends. ~~~~#HopeToday #vernonbc #homelessness #addiction #recovery

Posted by Linda L. Price on Friday, October 19, 2018

 Chuck did a presentation at City hall. This was to thank the city for it′s hard work in acknowledging the high death rate among our marginalized population

Chuck did a presentation at City hall. This was to thank the city for it′s hard work in acknowledging the high death rate among our marginalized population