Gunther Stern, executive director of the Georgetown Ministry Center, talks to Aaron Bivens, who regularly solicits money on the corner of M Street NW in Georgetown, on Feb. 29. (Amanda Voisard/For the Washington Post)

In a world that feels ever more inhospitable to the marginalized, dismissive of those different from ourselves and venomously mean-spirited, it was a blessing to read about the work of Gunther Stern among the homeless in the March 7 Metro article “He sees the invisible in Georgetown.”

With quiet dedication and an unshakable belief in the worth of every human being, Mr. Stern delivers kindness and compassion to the most vulnerable and ignored members of the Georgetown community. His example stands as a noble, stalwart beacon of light and grace in a season overwhelmed with the shadows of fear, bigotry and contempt.

Stephen J. Stahley, Westminster, Md.

The writer is a former homelessness programs coordinator for Montgomery County.