Homewords, the Beacon blog

04/18/2017 - 11:38am
This letter from one Nicollet Square tenant to another is framed and hanging on a wall there. It's full of what all young people need at home--- warmth and practical advice.   Dear new Resident, Welcome home and take advantage of your resources. They are here to help you get on...
03/29/2017 - 1:10pm
“What would you do if you became homeless?” is a difficult question to pose to a room of 300 youth, but FMF program manager Sakinah Mujahid and I did just that. We joined the youth program, Living Waters at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church for their Wednesday night programming....
03/22/2017 - 1:15pm
Last month, I learned that no matter the age or background, anyone can be an advocate. Beacon Day on the Hill began in a Lutheran church basement with excitement, nerves, and a healthy amount of confusion. Despite being a designated “team leader,” I was as nervous as the rest of the...
01/26/2017 - 11:47am
By Terry Brown  |  A typical afternoon at the Families Moving Forward program center is quiet, and the center is relatively empty because the children are either in school or daycare and their parents are likely working. Perhaps some guests would be searching for employment on the...
01/12/2017 - 11:59am
Hearings are taking place today regarding the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Here’s a little more about Carson and what housing experts think of him as possible HUD secretary: 1. It's Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a...
01/04/2017 - 10:12am
We're sharing a few great ideas related to housing policy, affordability and income inequality that's at the root of the housing crisis: 1. The Case Against Everyone’s Favorite Tax Break: The Mortgage Interest Deduction, by Alex Mayyasi, Priceonomics.com Is it time for...
12/15/2016 - 5:57pm
By Lee Blons  |  Some in our collaborative may be feeling stressed about the shifting political climate in Washington. Well, there are some things we just cannot control. However, we can focus our attention closer to home on the values we share. It is a good time to come together...
12/13/2016 - 3:23pm
Like other congregations in the Beacon collaborative serving as Families Moving Forward hosts, Woodlake Lutheran Church faces challenges filling its hosting volunteer opportunities.   “Mainline Protestant denominations all face reality of declining membership – which means a...
11/30/2016 - 11:27am
By Kris Berggren |  1. If you have more money than time, donate to a group that’s working to end homelessness for good. It could be Beacon – we’d love your support – but you can also do your own research on the Charities Review Council website (which by the way has...
10/06/2016 - 3:55pm
In our program volunteers open up their congregation buildings — and their hearts -- to people they have never met. They act from their best values and instincts, but as with any human communication, some things get lost in translation. Here, Mary Higgins, co-chair of the Families Moving...

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