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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Sharing Friendship, Family and Food Once a Month at Clare Housing — 

We really didn’t even know where to begin.  It was the Winter of 2011, and our family felt the urge to get involved.  Was there a place where we could experience community, make new friends,…

It’s Time for Living, Not Just Survival — 

Finding a home when you are homeless can be a challenge in itself. Add to that an HIV/AIDS diagnosis, chemical addiction or mental health issues, or a criminal background and it becomes even more difficult…

The Gift of Trauma — 

“I’m in trouble,” my 96-year-old dad called from the motel bathroom. I put down my map and opened the door. Blood smeared the floor where he had tried to clean it with a towel. Black…

Housing is Healthcare, and it’s HIV Prevention Too — 

It was June 1981 when the AIDS epidemic “officially” began in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported unusual clusters of Pneumocystis pneumonia in five homosexual men in Los Angles.  When…

A vision for our future: Ending the AIDS epidemic through equitable access to housing and healthcare — 

The heroes of Clare Housing – its caregivers, nurses, volunteers, donors and more – have made this organization the welcoming and healing community it is today. As Clare Housing’s executive director, over the past year…

It’s No Big Deal (It’s a Big Deal) — 

In this guest post, Kevin Grimes, volunteer site director with Church of the Open Door, shares what it’s like helping youth share time, fun and attitude-changing experiences with residents of Clare-Midtown. I volunteer with the…

My First Year at Clare Housing — 

Wow how time flies when you are having fun! It’s hard to believe that one year ago today I joined the Clare Housing team. Some of the highlights of my first year have included: Crewing…

Three reasons you may be nervous about volunteering with Clare Housing — 

Three reasons you may be nervous about volunteering with Clare Housing… And why you don’t need to be. It’s natural to be nervous whenever you try something new, and despite your best intentions, volunteering for…

Let the Session Begin! — 

February 25th is opening day of the 2014 Minnesota Legislature.  Members of the House and Senate will have much to debate as Governor Dayton has used the term “un–session” to describe a legislative process he…

Reflections from Nancy Lee, Board President — 

When I joined the Clare Housing board of directors in January 2008, we provided affordable housing and supportive services to 56 individuals, operated six community-based care homes and one 32-unit affordable housing site, Clare Apartments. …