Homewords, the Beacon blog

08/20/2018 - 12:59pm
Collaborating congregation St. Philip the Deacon found a unique way to help volunteers bring their passion and skills into the experience of Families Moving Forward. Patti and Kathi are certified to lead Pet Therapy with people in stressful environments, which research shows can be a powerful...
08/13/2018 - 3:54pm
There are some big changes taking place with the Beacon shelter staff. First off, we thank Claire DesHotels for her work as the Case Manager at our Southwest site in Chaska. She leaves to pursue a Masters of Divinity Degree at the University of Chicago. We will miss her and are grateful for...
08/10/2018 - 1:43pm
“Sometimes I don’t know how I got through the day, but I did it. Running on zero sleep, zero energy, but still being forced to step up every day because you want a better tomorrow for your kids. That’s really hard.” Lacretia is struggling. She loves her job, she had great...
08/06/2018 - 3:49pm
In this month’s Collaborative Voices, we talked to Rev. Michael Gonzales and Robin Gonzales the pastor and first lady of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. St. James is the oldest African American congregation in Minnesota and is considered the mother church of...
07/30/2018 - 12:17pm
The below speech is from one of our Audubon Crossing residents when she graduated from Plymouth Christian Youth Center Alternative High School with her  diploma. She had a choice a graduating with her GED, but chose to work toward her HS diploma once she found home at Audubon Crossing....
07/24/2018 - 4:06pm
Supportive housing can make all the difference in the lives of at-risk youth and young adults. Since 2012, the Beacon collaborative has worked on creating three residences for this vulnerable population: Nicollet Square in Minneapolis, Prior Crossing in St. Paul, and 66 West in Edina. While the...
07/24/2018 - 1:59pm
At 23 years old, Meisha and her 5-year- old daughter found themselves in need of shelter after their previous home burned down in a fire.  Meisha had a job through a temp service, but income wasn’t always steady.Past debts and unsteady income caused barriers in finding housing. Meisha...
07/17/2018 - 10:19am
Our monthly Affordable Homes Update includes links about gentrification, youth experiencing homelessness, the affordable housing shortage, a unique way to finance housing, and designing shelters for those experiencing homelessness. Let’s dig in! After decades of professionals choosing...
07/12/2018 - 9:07am
Believe it or not, the start of the school year is just around the corner, which means stocking up on school supplies. As a way to reduce financial stress for families, we are looking to create 200 backpacks (100 for elementary students and 100 for middle/high school students) filled with school...
07/05/2018 - 4:05pm
Volunteer leaders and Host Coordinators came together on June 12 to celebrate the successes and reflect on the work ahead for Families Moving Forward at the Annual Host Coordinators Dinner at Colonial Church in Edina. “We’re going to spend our time together reflecting on why we do this...

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