PROVIDENCE — Some once owned homes. Some were proud parents. Still others were good friends — kind, funny, warm-hearted.

Providence Journal photo of Beneficent Church Homeless Memorial

But hard luck, illness, drug use or drinking problems plagued the 48 men and women remembered at Beneficent Congregational Church Wednesday. At some point, they all became homeless.

As a soft snow began to fall, more than 100 people mourned the homeless who died last year, while volunteers and friends — some of them homeless, too — called out their names and lit candles at the Weybosset Street church

Follow this link to read more of an article in the Providence Journal by Paul Davis on Beneficent Church’s annual memorial service for those who died while homeless in Rhode Island.