Posts by Jim Seas

Embrace It, and Head on in: Maureen Well’s Story — 

How do you find your career? Sometimes your career finds you, at least that’s what happened for Maureen Wells. It was 1986, and Maureen was stage managing a play at Theater in the Round. After…

A Promise Kept: Kathy Hanousek’s 30th Anniversary Story — 

A Part of Our 30 Years / 30 Stories / 30 Gifts Campaign It was a wet and dreary late fall evening in 1996 when Kathy Hanousek and her fellow volunteers walked two-by-two, knocking on…

The 3 Things You Learn on Your First Red Ribbon Ride — 

The Red Ribbon Ride (RRR) is a 4-day, 300-mile bike fundraiser that supports Clare Housing, and 7 other local HIV Service Organizations. We sat down with husbands and longtime participants Donnie and JB Mayo-Moschkau to…

Scott. Tony. Kale. Keith. — 

Dear Friend, Thirty-five years ago, the world changed forever. The Centers for Disease Control noted five cases of pneumocystis pneumonia in otherwise healthy gay men. Today, 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and more…

Sometimes good ideas really do bring people together — 

With election day right around the corner, we thought you might like to meet Nancy Hylden, the volunteer who helps steer our public policy and advocacy. According to Nancy, sometimes good ideas really do bring…

How Geneva Found a Place to Live Her Truth — 

In 1993, Geneva came to the Twin Cities because she believed it was a place where she could be herself. Before moving here she was living life under her born name, “Allan”, and as the person…

The night Bill Bright chose not to disappear — 

While Bill Bright was homeless, he rode the 19 bus down Olsen Memorial Highway almost every day. On this trip he would pass Summit Academy OIC and think about how he’d like to go back…

90 Days in My Rearview Mirror — 

They say time passes quickly – and the first 90 days at Clare Housing have been a blur! After my hire, I arrived like a kid beginning their first day of school. I may have…

30 Years Ago, Jim Smith Came Home with a Secret — 

Thirty years ago, Jim Smith came home to tell his parents a big secret. What was that secret? “I’m gay.” What happened next had a huge impact on Jim’s life, and is one of the…

Good Leadership & a Little “Magic” Inspire Kathy & Doug Andrus to be Journey Home Circle Members — 

Last week Doug and Kathy Andrus, Clare Housing volunteers and Journey Home Circle members, received an unexpected invitation. It was Kathy who answered the phone. “Hey Kathy, is Doug there?” Sam Granum, lead caregiver at…

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