Homewords, the Beacon blog

05/26/2016 - 2:41pm
People seeking shelter or home write emails to Beacon on a regular basis seeking leads. Some are terse, others reveal details of their situation or a sense of desperation. They come from moms, dads, youth, seniors, concerned relatives or social workers. The need is dire, the availability is scarce...
05/18/2016 - 6:16pm
A round-up of interesting topics and ideas in affordable housing from recent news stories: With Seward Towers, advocates see a rare win for affordable housing in the Twin Cities By Kristoffer Tigue, MinnPost Here, neighborhood advocates collaborated with building owners to keep Seward...
05/17/2016 - 10:31am
By Sakinah Mujahid  |   Today, I had a special voicemail message waiting for me when I got in to the office: “Hello, my daughter has collected donations for her birthday to give to Families Moving Forward. We would like to arrange a time to come by and give those to you....
05/11/2016 - 2:50pm
By Sue Laliberte  |  Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that very simply provides housing first, services later. In other words, give someone a home without conditions other than the regular terms of a rental lease. Then, once the person has a home to call their own,...
05/04/2016 - 5:40pm
By Sakinah Mujahid  |  On more than one occasion I have asked myself why I work as the program manager of homeless shelter. It is usually right after having a challenging hour, day or week at work. As I contemplate this question, I look at the parents that come through the...
04/28/2016 - 3:17pm
By Kris Berggren  |  There is something powerful about being in a room of hundreds of people who care about the same thing you do, and who believe that faith is not only personal but can inform our choices about public priorities. Acting on Faith is that kind of gathering. It's...
04/26/2016 - 1:33pm
By Laura Vitelli  |  You’ve won an impressive award! One that continues a tradition established by St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th Century. An award that has also been given to Lawrence Welk, Dr. Billy Graham, Sesame Street Staff, Sister Helen Prejean, and Caring Bridge...
04/20/2016 - 3:22pm
Today over 30 Community Builders gathered supporters to raise awareness of homelessness and the funds needed to end it, one family at a time, in Scott and Carver Counties. The Journey Home luncheon generates community support for Beacon’s Families Moving Forward Southwest program, the only...
04/14/2016 - 2:16pm
By Jill Henricksen | At a recent community meeting held with residents of Beacon’s Kimball Court, the decision was made to convene a Community Advisory Board (CAB) as a venue for residents to share their thoughts and ideas as well as to voice their concerns about their home at Kimball...
04/07/2016 - 11:40am
By Sakinah Mujahid  |  Have you ever moved houses or offices? OMG! There is so much to do, so much planning that comes along with moving a program center from one location to another location, and no matter how much you planned, something is bound to get missed.  Well you guessed...

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