Welcome to Clare Housing's Blog

Here we will post stories and reflections happening at Clare Housing.

We hope to provide you with a glimpse of the work we do and the impact made in lives of people living here at Clare Housing.

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Intern Bee Vang Reflects on Millennials and HIV, and the Joy of Helping Residents Find Jobs — 

Bee Vang, a young woman who’s about to graduate from Luther College with a degree in Social Work, spent several months working with us as an intern this year. During her time Bee did a…

Wrestling with it – and Winning: Mariah Wilberg’s Victory over Stigma — 

Some people begin supporting a nonprofit because it’s in their neighborhood, or a friend asks them to. For board member Mariah Wilberg, supporting Clare Housing is deeply personal.   Not too long ago Mariah was…

I’ll remember what he said for the rest of my life — 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maik. Carmen Tomas, Midtown supportive services manager, met him four months ago. Maik came to speak with her and check out an open apartment at Clare Midtown. A…

The Floridian Who Went North and Found Warmth — 

We’d like to introduce you to Mark Bishop, Clare Housing’s new President of the Board of Directors. We sat down with Mark to find out how he connected with us, and what we can expect…

Reggie’s Story — 

There are moments of diamond-focus, where you’re reminded vividly why you do the work you do. On the morning of Monday, December 14 at Clare Housing, we had one of those moments. That’s the morning…

Holidays with the Elf — 

Have you played the “Elf on the Shelf” holiday game? It’s based on a children’s book of the same name. We enjoy playing with our Elf at the Care Home where I live. The small toy…

Reflecting on 20 Years of Service — 

My relationship with Clare Housing began more than 20 years ago. Just between you and me, truthfully I never expected that I would care so much about this organization. My journey began out of grief…

“Why Clare Housing?” with Johnny Stoll — 

We interviewed Johnny Stoll, the new lead resident assistant at Clare Terrace, our latest development, about why he’s excited to work at Clare Housing. Here’s what he said. Interviewer: Why Clare Housing, Johnny? You could be…

Ribs & Lemon Jello Salad: Four Years of Clare Housing Thanksgivings — 

If you think about it — a meal is a cross section of your life, Thanksgiving especially. What’s revealed in a meal? The food you eat says a lot about where you came from, and how you’re…

Welcome to the (soon-to-be) New Residents of Clare Terrace! — 

We asked Epstein, a Clare Housing resident and writer, to imagine what he’d like to say to the 36 new residents of Clare Terrace who will be moving in this December. Here’s what he wrote….