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Cover Story - June 18, 2010

The impact of a singular man

David Lewis' life was cut short June 9, but his vision for how addicts and convicts could be redeemed lives on

by Sue Dremann

In a photograph of David Lewis, the East Palo Alto community leader is standing amid sculptures of slaves in Zanzibar, Africa. Thick chains encircle the lava-rock figures' necks. Lewis is holding the chain binding the emaciated group. He appears linked to the historic past, yet he could also be their liberator.

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Posted by Rose C. Bayly, a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2010 at 9:35 am

The work of David Lewis in establishing community-based rehab has far-reaching implications. Mr. Lewis had an unbounded abiding faith and love for all people, something seen rarely. This love and trust without qualifications wrapped the members of Free at Last in soft armor to defeat ruinous behavior and find the joy, health, and happiness of a redeemed life.

At this holiday season particularly, let us emulate Mr. Lewis's welcoming heart and treat all as equal fellows without judgment, but with sensitive caring.

The author of this story expressed fully the plain facts, but with the good heart of Mr. Lewis. It seems to be catching.

Rose C. Bayly
Roanoke, VA