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It takes more than an abusiverelationship, poor health, a devastatinghouse fire and the loss of a beloved catto darken Lorraine Monroe’s sunnyoutlook.
The 59-year-old former caregiver haslived in Calgary’s Peter Coyle Placefor the past four years. Before thatshe lived in a motel after a fire sweptthrough her basement apartment in theneighbourhood of Bowness.
Monroe says she would be homelessif her family doctor hadn’t introducedher to the three-storey residence whereshe has found security, faith that shecan carry on and a strong sense ofcommunity.
She sees her home as a place to heal:Monroe fights bouts of depression andin recent years has broken both hips, herback and a shoulder.
Peter Coyle Place’s 70 apartments are