Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
06/21/2016 - 1:56pm
By Sasoniea Atkins  |  As you all know, it is summer time, and there are many children who are currently in our program without summer plans or activities to keep them busy. (Related issues: the "summer slide" phenomenon; summer hunger when kids can't eat school lunch;...
06/02/2016 - 5:10pm
Beacon is full of fundraisers. I’ve never been involved with an organization that has more fundraisers. I’m not talking only about those of us who make a living doing this, who call fundraising our profession. We’re a small group. I’m talking about all of the volunteers,...
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...

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