Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
09/22/2016 - 11:24am
by Chris Dettling  |  The typical affordable housing deal often requires more than 10 different sources of financing. It’s complicated, to say the least. Each source has its priorities and requirements, which occasionally conflict. (In other words, successfully financing a project...
08/16/2016 - 4:42pm
By Deb Carlson  |  As the new board chair of Beacon, I am overwhelmed by the differences we make every day in the lives of our neighbors here in Minnesota. Lee Mauk recently wrote about the incredible accomplishments he has seen in his 10 years on Beacon’s board, and I am convinced...
08/05/2016 - 4:16pm
Our Deconstructing Housing series continues with this post about single room occupancy, among the most affordable housing options: By Janine Langsjoen  |   Single room occupancy, more commonly known as SRO housing, occupies an important niche in the affordable housing market. SRO...
08/03/2016 - 1:24pm
By Sakinah Mujahid  |  Birthday presents are great to receive on any given year you are celebrating, right? So who would say "no more" to receiving presents?   Well, meet Carolyn Powell, age 12, from Pioneer Ridge Middle School in Chaska.  About two years ago,...
07/27/2016 - 4:20pm
By Kris Berggren  |  We know that when people have affordable, stable housing their health, financial independence, and happiness improve. Not having housing often means poor long-term prospects for financial independence, poor health, and lots of stress and anxiety. It...
07/14/2016 - 5:12pm
A call and response blessing shared at the 66 West groundbreaking ceremony July 12, 2016  |   L: My name is Lauren Morse-Wendt, I am the diaconal minister serving Edina Community Lutheran Church. With me are Pastor Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann and Pastor Erik Strand, both also...
07/05/2016 - 3:59pm
By Lee Mauk  |  At Beacon's annual meeting on June 8, I cycled off of Beacon's board. After 10 years, I wonder if I’ll feel lost in the late afternoons of the second Wednesday of every month. Ten years translates to 120 Wednesday meetings. And then, throw in...
06/22/2016 - 12:06pm
By Kris Berggren  |  The timing of the Orlando tragedy at a gay nightclub lends particular poignancy to this June’s Pride Month commemorating New York City’s 1969 Stonewall riots that elevated the struggle for LGBTQ equality and inclusion. Despite many advances since...

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