The former St. Luke’s Medical Center in Cleveland was a major blight on the surrounding community since the hospital’s closing in 1999.

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For the next 12 years, it remained vacant, and the hospital grounds could be seen littered with debris. Today, Saint Luke’s Manor is a thriving multigenerational living and learning campus. 

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We committed substantial resources to ensure Saint Luke’s Manor’s success:

“Working in Cleveland neighborhoods sometimes requires the suspension of disbelief in order to see what is possible. That was especially true of this project and our partners at Enterprise, who understood – immediately – what a great project this could be. They were an important part of the deal and had a calming effect on other investors.”
– Joel Ratner, CEO, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

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“I’m Right at Home”

The first time Clarence Foxhall visited Saint Luke’s Manor, he arrived there by way of a stretcher in the back of an ambulance.

At the time, it was a hospital, and he’d just been in a car crash. He wasn’t sure if he would survive. To the credit of his doctors – and his own perseverance – he did. Many years later, Clarence has come to call Saint Luke’s Manor, now a vibrant senior housing community, his home.

For more than three decades, Clarence was a medical record analyst. Thanks to a strong work ethic – instilled in him by his father, who always worked two or three jobs – he worked from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., and then trekked to a second job in trucking, grinding through until 11 p.m. every night. It was grueling, but it helped him afford to buy his own home.

When Clarence retired, he found he could no longer afford the payments on his house. He had no choice but to find an affordable apartment for rent. “It was nice, but it was older,” Clarence says. Above all, he was happy the apartment was close to his family.

He soon began suffering from health troubles – he was having difficulty walking. His doctor discovered poor circulation was to blame. They explored treatment options, but only one intervention would work: he needed to have a leg amputated. Just as he completed his recovery, Clarence received a second blow: “They told me – ,” he says, with a long, reflective pause, “I needed to have my other leg amputated.”

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Despite so quickly losing both legs, Clarence’s positive energy never wavered. He kept friends and family close, a solid support system. And when his apartment’s elevator kept breaking down, they urged him to move. It was time for Clarence to find a more accessible home nearby.

During that time, the hospital was completing its transformation into Saint Luke’s Manor. It was designed specifically for seniors, built to meet wheelchair and other accessibility requirements.

When Clarence moved to Saint Luke’s Manor, his support network widened even further. He met new friends who became a part of his close-knit family. They often congregate in the lobby where they greet other residents as they come and go. He admires the beauty of the new building and how its open layout fosters friendships.

“I enjoy my apartment, and getting together with my neighbors around me,” says Clarence, who’s now vice president of the tenants’ association. “It took me a very short time to feel like I was at home here.”

Clarence has taken the helm in helping his neighbors, and encourages them to broaden their experiences beyond their apartments and the building. He develops ideas for outings, like taking trips to nearby restaurants and museums.

“I’ve done that since I got here,” says Clarence. “That’s just my nature, trying to get people involved.”

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