Joseph Saavedra spent decades raising money for the homeless community in Albuquerque through his “Pennies for the Homeless” charity and annual fashion show. (Courtesy of Pennies for the Homeless)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Friends of Joseph Saavedra often talk about the time he found a sparrow with a broken wing and helped it to “soar again.”
It’s one of Carla Aragón’s favorite stories.

“I think that’s a metaphor for what he did for people who were down and out … he would take them in and he would help them to soar,” Aragón said.

Saavedra’s decadeslong crusade to help the homeless ended Feb. 19 when he died of COVID-19 at his home. The founder of Pennies for the Homeless was 66.

Aragón, a friend of Saavedra

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