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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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…

Meet Journey Home Circle Members Brad and Patrick — 

This month we sat down with Journey Home Circle members, and dynamic husband duo Patrick Cody Walker and Bradley Gorder to ask them why they care about Clare Housing. The breadth of their support is…

Toby encourages us all to get up, and get busy helping others — 

Energetic and charming, Tobias or Toby, as he likes to be called, has been living at Clare Housing for a number of years now. He first spent time with us at Grace House II after…

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…