It was these women and men, who live on the margins, who struggle with addiction, that Sonny cared about most. Probably the best way for those of us who learned from him to honor him is to redouble our efforts to ensure opportunities for all women and men — not just those with high incomes or “sweet” health plans — to reclaim their lives and resume their place in, and contribution to, society.
Thanks, Sonny. You taught me plenty, and I hope I have and will continue to put it to use in ways that would make you proud.
First Church Shelter
The author is the former director of the Northshore Shelter Committee and one of the founders of the shelter at Crombie Street Congregational Church UCC, Salem.