At Spirit on Lake, older members of Minneapolis' gay community find a lasting safe haven

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 2, 2014 - 7:03 AM

MINNEAPOLIS — Lucretia Kirby was on her own for the first time in years after her partner's death. She felt stranded in a church-affiliated assisted living facility, where she said bigotry and even physical threats were ignored by building managers.

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bubzkiJan. 2, 14 8:53 AM

A really nice story. Although, I hope they find a way to get the 3/4 of residents being GLBT up to nearly 4/4. This being the purpose of the development, after all...

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RandiReitanJan. 2, 14 9:22 AM

What a wonderful gift Spirit on Lake will be for Minneapolis for years to come. Grateful for leaders like Barbara Satin ... "the matriarch of Spirit on Lake." Other cities will be looking at Spirit on Lake as they see how important this housing is for their community.

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nmulloyJan. 2, 1410:27 AM

Harvey Hertz had been our neighbor for 30 years. Over time we have watched him become increasingly compromised with health issues. His home was a vintage two story and his mobility made it almost impossible for him to continue living there. He put his house on the market and it sold quickly to a young couple who will renovate it. He didn't know where he was going to go, but someone at his health clinic connected him to Spirit on Lake. It was a pleasure seeing this article with a smiling picture of Harvey and know that he's found a wonderful new home.

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melvinJan. 2, 1410:38 AM

I have always been proud of the Twin Cities in their progressiveness in spite of its history. I remember the days in the 70's of harassment and discrimination. It may continue today but not as deep. Spirit on the Lake housing is a great contribution to the vitality that is the Twin Cities. To think it is the second in our nation says much about the community and the city. I pray it grows and many more establishments are made available. With the boomer generation getting older there will be a need.

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crizmoisJan. 2, 1411:04 AM

The Twin Cities is lucky to have a place like Spirit on the Lake and even luckier to have leader like Barbara Satin!

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jstaveneJan. 2, 1411:31 AM

This is wonderful! I think most people worry about getting older, and though most of us want kids, noone wants to be a burden in our later years. I have seen a few care facilities and group homes, they all try to be tolerant and accepting but I would like to spend my remaining time with other people like myself also. It makes me pause thinking about how people may need to lie and go back in the closet in their end years,, This is a wonderful idea and I hope it grows!

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