Our Stories

Clare Housing provides affordable housing, supporting services and compassionate care to 150 HIV positive individuals.  Their stories are each unique and memorable.

David's Story

“Living at Clare Housing is not only a comfort to me but to my family.  I am very thankful that I have a home and a place that has given me the ability to be…

Michael's Story

When people meet Michael they are instantly drawn to his positive outlook on life. Michael has had low points in his life but he accepts them for what they are, does not look back and…

Gayle's Story

Gayle loves languages, flowers, volunteering and helping others. She smiles easily, and has a flair for style and color (especially purple!). And her family. When she talks about her three daughters and her 8-year old…

Cornell & Preston's Story

Preston and Cornell met six years ago. For the first two years of their relationship they lived apart and struggled with drug addictions. Neither had a place to call home. Preston lived with friends in…

Mary's Story

Mary was in a place in her life where she needed to take a stand and put herself first. Due to a divorce that left her unable to afford her rent she was asked by…

Jose's Story

Jose’s story is the story of an HIV positive individual who successfully experienced the continuum of affordable housing and supportive services that Clare Housing provides to those in need. Jose has always lived with family…

Larry's Story

Larry’s journey with HIV/AIDS began as the disease was being discovered. His story is a tribute to his strength and courage. Twenty-six years ago, HIV and AIDS were discovered and labeled a death sentence. Then…

Jon's Story

Jon grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and began his career there after graduating from Christ Hospital School of Nursing. He was working at a nursing facility in suburban Minneapolis when he first learned he was…

Jimmy's Story

Jimmy grew up in Chicago and is no stranger to adversity. He fled an abusive and impoverished home life as a teenager in the 1980′s and had been living on the streets for many years…

Carmen's Story

Carmen was born in Leech Lake, Minnesota. Of Ojibwe heritage, she and her younger brother were adopted by a Quaker family and raised in Lake Elmo. While her adoptive parents provided a stable and happy…

Kevin's Story

The week Kevin graduated from Iowa State University; he flew to the West Coast to begin a career in design. This is where he first learned he was HIV positive. It was 1988. The design…

Flash & Freddie's Story

Residents at Agape Dos enjoy spoiling Flash, the gentle beagle that lives with them. Flash can often be found curled up at the foot of a resident’s bed when someone isn’t feeling well. He also…