We Are Up: Building Community

Brown Bag Lunch Online Presentation with Mary Keehn & Tracey Barnes Priestley

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 12:00pm

Brown Bag Lunch Online Presentation with Mary Keehn, Founder, We Are Up; and Tracey Barnes Priestley: We Are Up is building an inclusive, inter-generational community that will offer secure housing, income opportunities, and mutual support systems for adults with and without disabilities.

Housing is not the only thing we need as we age. And it is not the only thing an adult with disabilities needs. We Are Up is building an integrated, inter-generational community for adults with and without disabilities that will offer secure housing, income opportunities, and mutual support systems. Residents will be connected to the community at large through a community center, farm-to-table food production, and conservation of open spaces.

Mary Keehn, founder of We Are Up, is also the founder of Cypress Grove Cheese. She is the most recent past chair of Humboldt Area Foundation, a member of the Donors Circle social justice group, and for the past four years the guardian of her 14-year-old granddaughter who has autism.

Tracey Barnes-Priestley, M.A., is a life coach with a master’s degree in community counseling psychology and more than 40 years of experience as a counselor, educator, and consultant. After closing her private practice, she continues to write about aging issues on her blog, The Second Half.