I was touched by the contrast of life’s journey by the Dec. 24 picture and story of world-class musician Carlos Santana meeting with former bandmate Marcus Malone, now homeless. Marcus stated that he was ashamed to be seen by Santana.

Just as there are many paths to success, there are many paths to homelessness. The causes include depression, mental illness, broken relationships, poverty, drugs, alcohol, health problems and more. There has been a good charitable response during the holiday season, but a sustained effort is required throughout the year to make progress, lifting our neighbors to a better life.

We respect and honor all those who dedicate so much effort to improving the lives of the homeless among us.

MICHAEL TILLEMANS, Minneapolis