I am writing to commend Rosalie Longo on her article on Straight & Narrow's 50th anniversary. I am extremely grateful for her giving Monsignor William Wall the credit and rememberance he truly deserves.
I would like to extend my congratulations to all those making Straight & Narrow a success for the 50 years of its existence. This treatment center has done a superb job in helping those that society condemns and forgets.
I am aware Straight & Narrow began as a treatment center for alcoholics in the early 1960s, drug addiction became a problem among many youths. Little was known about it, help for addicts and their families was nonexistent and the problem was hidden behind many families' doors. For the family, there was only disgrace, shame and the horrors of all the implications of drug addiction.
Mny family was one of these in the '60s when my brother became a drug addict. I was 12 years old and shared the agony with my parents as well as my addicted brother.
At that time, we became one of the first families to participate in Monsignor Wall's program for drug addiction. Every week he held meetings for the families. His approach was very firm but caring. he was a pioneer in drug rehabilitation. He also was a precursor to groups such as Narc-Anon. Monsignor Wall could be seen in his khaki pants, sweatshirt and coffee in hand. He was a man's man as well as a man of God. he always showed concern for me, a frightened child facing a tough problem and helped me to understand and to continue loving my brother.
I truly admired the Monsignor and could never forget him. I treasure the picture I have of him hanging in my home. He created a bond with all of those he touched and I felt the need to honor him. I am sure his spirit walks the halls of Straight & Narrow, uplifting those in need.
He has been gone many, many years, but will never be forgotten by me or my family.