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Elders Lodge

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

The Elders Lodge is viewed as a center of wisdom, warmth and strength in the Native American community. Traditionally, Elders maintain a special position in the tribe. To be a Native American Elder is to be respected, revered and to be honored. The roles of these special people were to teach, to carry on the ways of the people, to pass on oral tradition, to be a consultant on the ways of spirituality, philosophy, medicine, healing, peace, war and survival. The Lodge is nestled in a natural setting within a circle of trees as in the circle of life in which one lives. The landscape emphasizes the four seasons. These ideas are carried into the community ceremonial room and to the apartments for the Elders. The Elders Lodge will have 42 one bedroom apartments in a three story brick building. The Lodge will provide congregate dining in the community room, a full service kitchen, areas for fitness, health screening, crafts, sewing, meetings, library resources and laundry. The community room will serve as a center for ceremonies and activities centered around the Elders, their knowledge and desire to pass on cultural traditions and values to their children and grandchildren. The Elders Lodge will be marketed to Native American Elders but will be open to all seniors. The Lodge will operate under HUD Section 202 with Section 8 Rent subsidy.

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Name: Sue Bowstring Lane
Site or Location Name: Earthstart Project, Inc.-Elders Lodge
1500 Magnolia Ave. E.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Phone: (651) 778-2501