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