Homewords, the Beacon blog

10/11/2018 - 3:20pm
It’s mid-October, but the weather makes it feel like November is already here.  As colder weather arrives, the issue of making sure everyone has a home becomes more urgent. In the November Affordable Homes Update, we talk about the ongoing situation at the Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment,...
10/08/2018 - 3:02pm
By Gary Shelton The following speech was given during the Congregation Convening, September 13, 2018 at Colonial Church in Edina. Good evening, I am Gary Shelton, and I am the County Administrator for Scott County.  I appreciate this opportunity to speak this evening about...
10/01/2018 - 4:07pm
In the October edition of Collaborative Voices, we go to Edina to highlight one of the newest members of the collaborative, Edina Morningside Community United Church of Christ in Edina.  While Edina Morningside is a new member, in some ways they feel like they've been a part of Beacon for...
10/01/2018 - 11:37am
WHERE IS THE POWER? IN OUR HANDS!   Those words rang out loud and clear as nearly 300 people from 50 congregations gathered in the Meeting House of Colonial Church in Edina on September 13th to publically declare their commitment to work toward the goal of ending homelessness. With...
09/28/2018 - 11:01am
Beacon’s mission says, “As a collaborative of congregations united in action we create homes and advance equitable housing.” What a perfect mission for the time and place we find ourselves in.   The Governor’s Task Force on Housing recently released a report...
09/25/2018 - 1:14pm
“I can breathe so much easier now that I have a home.” Lacretia has been sleeping better. She is able to focus on helping her daughter navigate her homework as she sits at the desk – her daughter’s own desk. Her studies to be a kindergarten teacher have started back up...
09/20/2018 - 4:20pm
Our October Affordable Homes Update includes several links about the Franklin-Hiawatha Encampment in Minneapolis, a new use for the former home of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the rise of “street medicine” and land banks.  Let’s begin: If you take Hiawatha Avenue in...
09/18/2018 - 2:31pm
We asked and you responded. The Hennepin Program Center now has a room filled with backpacks and fully stocked with supplies for our kids thanks to the generosity of the following collaborating congregations: Mount Calvary Lutheran ,Excelsior; Trinity Lutheran, Long Lake, Good Samaritan United...
09/18/2018 - 10:33am
By Gwen Rouleau About 13 years ago, our family answered a call for FMF volunteers at Valley Community Presbyterian Church. My husband and I were looking for a volunteer opportunity we could share with our small children. During our FMF hosting weeks, we ate dinner and engaged with parents, and...
09/18/2018 - 9:39am
By Kayli Salin Life can be overwhelming when you are young parents experiencing homelessness for the first time. Travon and Richarykah, both 23, found themselves in this exact situation with their 3-year-old baby. This young couple entered our program July 13th, 2018, unemployed and with no...

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