Chagnon is a volunteer at Father Joe’s Villages and lives in El Cajon.

I hardly knew her, yet I loved her and she turned my world upside-down. She came in and out of our lives like storms in the night, never knowing the devastation that would be left behind. She was only 13 when I was born and she was already in a reform school in South Carolina. She never meant to hurt anyone. She was just seeking to quiet the demons in her mind. She did this with drugs, and so often with drugs comes behavior that when “clean” leads to shame, resentment and longing for another life. Her name was Christine and she was my sister. Click the link below to read the full story. 

Opinion: My sister’s homelessness drew me to volunteering – The San Diego Union-Tribune (