Meet a few of the guys at The
Boulevard, Crest View Senior Community’s independent senior housing
on Reservoir Boulevard in Columbia Heights.
Art, retired from the U of M
maintenance department, moved in 14 years ago. He remembers walking
around the campus grounds and seeing Lloyd, who lived nearby, walking
Lloyd, who worked as a technician in
the garage that launched Medtronic, met Shirley Barnes, CEO, when she
came to his rummage sale about 22 years ago.
Lou, a member of a restaurant family
known for fabulous Northeast Minneapolis food, used to visit his
mother on the campus.
Bill, Art’s brother, regales the guys
with stories of his days bartending in a downtown Minneapolis hotel.
He shakes his head and chuckles when he recalls how Johnny Weisman,
the actor best known as Tarzan, would do his famous yell for drinks.
It’s fun to look back, but their days
are full, too. A weekly happy hour in the dining room, card games,
bingo, sing-alongs, rides to the grocery store or a scheduled
outing—these are the kinds of simple but essential choices that
keep them connected to a community.
“Having something to do is key,”
Bill says one of the most attractive
things about The Boulevard is “location, location, location.”
Just a few blocks away on Central Avenue, Bill goes to the stores,
barber, bank, and more.t
Living on a campus multiplies your
choices of things to do with your neighbors. Different buildings on
the campus, all connected, blend their activity calendars. It’s a
big draw when Bill calls bingo on Sunday nights. Religious services
are plentiful and varied, with worship opportunities for people of
Lou, a retired postal worker, says it’s
very convenient to be on a campus with all the care you’re likely
to ever need. “If you have health problems, you can get into
assisted living or nursing home care without changing addresses,”
Art, the retired maintenance man, has a
work ethic that won’t quit. He checks the outside doors to make
sure they latch on the market-rate rental building. The staff does a
“pretty good job” maintaining the place, he says. The grounds are
lovely, they all agree, with gardening opportunities for people who
have green thumbs.
It’s important to have a purpose,
whether it’s keeping a watchful eye over the place or participating
in activities on the campus. Crest View Senior Communities strives to
nourish people and their purpose. It’s our ministry to take care
of seniors and their loved ones.
Lloyd’s purpose includes sharing his
dog Lalu, a star at The Boulevard. Her name is a phrase coined by a
grandson who couldn’t say “I love you” when he was small. It
came out, “Lalu.”
Lalu, Lloyd, Art, Bill, Lou, the staff,
and everyone else on the campus help create and sustain a community
that is a blessing.