Homewords, the Beacon blog

06/22/2017 - 4:34pm
When Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (formerly Plymouth Church Foundation) was building Lydia Apartments for tenants with mental health challenges, neighbors were so unhappy about the plans that they picketed the church every Sunday morning. Times have changed! The North Loop Neighborhood...
06/22/2017 - 4:05pm
Here are a few links to articles about the lack of affordable housing. Twin Cities Public Television  recently produced a documentary called, Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk.  It recently aired on TPT and  is now available on their website, so you can watch it at your leisure...
06/15/2017 - 9:39am
I was  moved to tears recently by the favor and blessing that was received by a guest in our Southwest program. Danielle Coplen and her family were here with us for far longer than is typical because of their family size (which is 8) and also the size of the obstacles that they had to...
06/12/2017 - 2:59pm
Being homeless is not easy, but it is even more difficult when you are homeless with a child.  It becomes even more challenging when that child is a special needs student.  This is what Jenny is facing today.  Jenny is a guest at Families Moving Forward-Southwest in Chaska. ...
06/06/2017 - 1:02pm
Thursday, August 3, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM A celebration of our newest housing, 66 West, home to 39 youth in Edina. We want to show you what your support helped to create! Join us for tours and a short outdoor program at 5:30 PM, rain or shine. Please dress for the weather. RSVP to get important...
06/05/2017 - 4:04pm
All of the young adults who will make 66 West their new home will bring baggage with them.  Most of the time it's the physical baggage they carry that holds all of their worldly possessions. But sometimes it can also include the baggage that you can't always see- the baggage...
06/01/2017 - 1:47pm
Father Kevin Clinton is the Pastor of the New Prague Catholic Community in New Prague, Minnesota.  At the May 16 Convening event, he shared why creating homes is important from a Catholic perspective. This is the first in a series of blog posts from religious leaders sharing what it means to...
05/25/2017 - 2:07pm
The following are exerpts by Rev. Dr. James Gertmenian on the 10th anniversary of Heading Home Hennepin on March 29, 2017. It’s wonderful to be back with you all again!  It seems like yesterday that many of us were meeting over at Plymouth Church to devise the ten-year...
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....

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