The Duluth house is part of a growing network of medical respite centers that now numbers more than 130 around the country — including four in Minnesota. More than half have opened in just the past 10 years.
From the column: "The Bob Tavani House offers a safe space for people who have nowhere else to go to rest and heal. We connect our guests to community, to resources, and, for the time they are with us, to a home."
From the column: "Living in Duluth is such a good deal that there is active competition for vacant land here. ... Unfortunately, due to our city government, it’s not so good for the majority of Duluthians."
From the column: "I recall my first day in Duluth, at the shelter. I walked up to the front desk at CHUM. The people there were very nice to me. ... That was something I wasn't used to after being homeless in larger cities."
From the column: "Please join the conversation about continuing to serve the most vulnerable members of our Duluth community. A series of professionally facilitated, virtual community conversations is being planned."