Homewords, the Beacon blog

05/23/2019 - 2:15pm
It was Halloween of 2018 and Melissa thought she was going to die. “I was like a walking zombie.”   She had just moved into her apartment in St. Paul a few weeks earlier. Melissa was in the throes of grief, mourning the death of her fiancé a few weeks prior after years...
05/16/2019 - 4:00pm
For the last year, James’ life has been on hold. The 52 year-old hard-working single father cares for his two teenage daughters, Ashley and Brittany. James worked full-time at an auto shop, but he had to put his job on hold to care for his eldest daughter when she was diagnosed with cancer...
05/14/2019 - 4:24pm
Last month we featured the story of Jessica. During the Vista 44 launch event last month, Jessica shared her story of finding home at Audobon Crossing.  The following is the text from her speech.   Hello! My name is Jessica Lopez, and I’m so happy to be with you again...
05/13/2019 - 4:12pm
Peg Mitchell wants to help as many people as she can by showing up. Peg, a retiree and a member of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, is part of a congregation that wants to tackle the root causes of homelessness and poverty. Peg is on board in seeking out the "whys" of...
05/07/2019 - 1:21pm
Housing in downtown Minneapolis will include culturally relevant support services for individuals in the Native community who have experienced homelessness. We are thrilled to announce plans to create about 50 new apartment homes for members of the Native community who have experienced...
05/06/2019 - 10:30am
“Moravians are a quiet denomination,” Pastor Amy Gohdes-Luhman said, describing her faith tradition. Pastor Amy leads Waconia Moravian Church in Carver County, a congregation that could be described as a quiet congregation. “As for social justice, historically we have been...
04/26/2019 - 8:58am
Beacon Launches Supportive Homes for Families in Hopkins Vista 44 will offer urgently needed, quality apartment homes with on-site support services for families who make less than $25,000 a year. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative announced plans to build Vista 44, located at 1244 12th...
04/25/2019 - 2:01pm
 “I invest in Beacon because I want these young adults to know they are not only seen, but are valued.  They matter,” says Karen Contag. Karen, a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, has a heart for youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness....
04/16/2019 - 3:04pm
September 24 will always be special for Jessica. On that day, her son exclaimed, “It’s 5 o’clock, mama, and we don’t have to go anywhere. We get to stay right here!” On September 24, 2010, Jessica moved out of temporary shelter (and its 5p.m. check-ins) and...
04/04/2019 - 1:23pm
Every fall, just a few days after Yom Kippur, a number of huts appear on the property of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka. The huts or sukkah are at the heart of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Also known as the Festival of Tabernacles, Sukkot is an annual harvest festival. The sukkah is very...

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