Homewords, the Beacon blog

04/23/2018 - 3:52pm
FMF staff had the pleasure of hosting 46 7th graders from Global Academy on March 15. We were projected to have 20 students, but when the Associate Principal explained that they had an opportunity to visit an actual location more students jumped at the opportunity. I was super excited to have...
04/19/2018 - 1:31pm
Welcome to the May 2018 edition of the Monthly Home Update, which was formerly called the Affordable Housing Update.  This is where you can learn what is going on in the larger culture with affordable homes and homelessness.  On April 11, 1968, merely one week after the assassination...
04/12/2018 - 11:37am
By Tiffany Samuels The following remarks were given at the April 10 Northwest Metro Legislative Action in Plymouth, MN.   My name is Tiffany Samuels, and I know Beacon because I was a guest through Families Moving Forward.   Being homeless was incredibly difficult. Reason...
04/03/2018 - 10:18am
As an elementary English language teacher at a school that has an economically diverse student population, I see the impact of the lack of affordable housing on my students and their families. Just last week I was conferencing with a mother whose family will be forced to leave my district because...
03/29/2018 - 3:07pm
We are starting a new series of Congregational Profiles. Each month, we will look at a church or group of churches and see how they participate in the collaborative. This month we start with Living Spirit United Methodist Church. Located in south Minneapolis, it is a young congregation that is...
03/29/2018 - 2:28pm
The Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative Board of Directors and the Plymouth Congregational Church Board of Deacons are proud to present an annual award given to a member of the clergy in the Twin Cities metropolitan area who is passionate and publicly engaged to create homes and advance...
03/27/2018 - 9:02am
I’m one of the lucky ones. I grew up in a stable, loving home and have never worried about where I would sleep tonight. That is not the case with so many families, singles and young people.  The more I have worked with Beacon’s Families Moving Forward (FMF) and supported Beacon...
03/20/2018 - 11:12am
This is the April 2018 Monthly Home Update where we share what’s going on in the world of homelessness and affordable homes.   The core Twin Cities have pledged to do tackle affordable housing.  Former Minneapolis City Council person Steve Minn offers his own...
03/16/2018 - 8:10am
St. Patrick of Ireland has come to mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Most of these attributes emerge from tall-tales and Irish folklore – and American appropriation of Irish culture. But one piece – often overlooked – is very much true, and has a lot of wisdom to offer us...
03/13/2018 - 3:15pm
For years, I’ve been a volunteer at Freshwater Community Church in Waconia when they would host Families Moving Forward. I LOVE to cook! My family and I would plan out a tasty menu and serve on the day we were scheduled. Over the years, when other churches did not have enough people to cook a...

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