Donations are being collected by the Association of Religious Communities in Danbury for costs in connection with the death of Francisco Raymundo Perez, who died of hypothermia on a bitterly cold February night. Reverend PJ Leopold says ARC hopes to raise the $4,500 needed to return the man's body to his family in Guatemala.
Perez was about 40 years old, had been sending money home to his family, including 5 children. No one knows why he left the Dorothy Day shelter on Spring Street in the middle of the night and wound up dead of exposure.
ARC is the regional point of entry for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. A community member asked ARC to be the fiduciary and agreed because they have done so for others.
Donations can be sent to ARC at 325 Main Street in Danbury, CT 06810 until April 22nd. Checks can be made payable to ARC, with “funeral” indicated in the memo section. Cash donations will also be accepted at the ARC office, with “funeral” indicated on the envelope.