Homewords, the Beacon blog

12/10/2018 - 3:17pm
People become homeless in myriad ways with vastly different experiences depending on their location, health, and connections. Lakendra, in her early 20s, moved from Memphis to Minneapolis with her three little boys in hopes of finding a safe and stable home. Lakendra was also eight months pregnant...
12/04/2018 - 12:50pm
In this month's Collaborative Voices we talked to Jodie McKie, the host coordinator at Cross of Peace Lutheran Church in Shakopee about taking part in Families Moving Forward and the housing situation in Scott County.   Could you tell me a little about the history of Cross of Peace...
12/04/2018 - 11:23am
Stories about the encampment at Franklin and Hiawatha Avenues in Minneapolis have dominated the news since this summer. At one point, over 300 tents were pitched at the site as the only shelter for hundreds of people, most of them from the Native community. Local organizations and city leaders...
11/29/2018 - 9:42am
Over the years I’ve had the privilege to speak to countless groups about homelessness and affordable housing. I’ve presented to 3 people in a church basement, 500 high schoolers in a school auditorium, and even to an audience of wrasslin’ fans while standing in the middle of the...
11/27/2018 - 9:20am
During the fall, many congregations start their annual stewardship campaigns, asking members to pledge for the coming budget year. Many stewardship campaigns ask people to give not just in monetary terms. The phrase one might see is to give of your “time and talent.” For Dick...
11/20/2018 - 2:57pm
As you get ready for Thanksgiving, here is some news to think about in the December Housing Update. As Minneapolis seeks to find indoor places for the residents of the Franklin-Hiawatha Encampment to move, St. Paul also had an encampment that came to an end last week. Minnesota Public Radio...
11/12/2018 - 3:08pm
By Josielyn Marshall Hello, my name is Josielyn Marshall, I am a survivor! I am originally from Chicago.  I made the choice to move to Green Bay, WI (don’t make any comments about my Packers!) to give my children a better life.  As you heard from my video, there were some...
11/12/2018 - 2:28pm
In April of this year, Sarah received an eviction notice explaining that due to falling behind on rent she would have just a week to pack up her things and vacate her home. Sarah, together with her four sons (ages 15, 13, 10 and 9), packed their most important belongings into her car and a storage...
11/01/2018 - 11:05am
In this month's Collaborative Voices, we spoke with Dean Seal, pastor of Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska. Shepherd of the Hill is the host site for Families Moving Forward-Southwest Program Center. We talk about the housing situation in Scott and Carver counties and how...
10/29/2018 - 11:33am
Emily Goldthwaite Fries, Senior Congregational Organizer with Beacon and an ordained minister in the UCC, reflects on a recent visit she and other clergy took to the Wall of Forgotten Natives.   It was one of those sunny but cold fall mornings, the leaves crunching under our feet as we...

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