Friends and loved ones who knew Joe Jordan-Berenis agree: His life made a difference.

In Santa Fe, that difference was demonstrated through his leadership of the Interfaith Community Shelter, known by one and all as Pete’s Place — Pete, after the pet store that once occupied the building at Cerrillos and Harrison roads.

Those friends are gathering Friday to celebrate his life at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. Jordan-Berenis died unexpectedly in October after retiring from the shelter earlier in the year. His retirement didn’t last long — he had agreed to temporarily run the place when his successor did not work out.

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