Homewords, the Beacon blog

01/03/2019 - 1:44pm
For the first Collaborative Voices for 2019, we take a look at St. Barnabas Lutheran Church in Plymouth.  The congregation was heavily involved in helping get the City of Plymouth to approve Cranberry Ridge a 44 unit apartment complex for working families. We spoke to Bobbi Dering, a leader on...
12/27/2018 - 1:34pm
Have you heard the saying, “It takes a whole village to raise a child?” This phrase took on special meaning for me after a visit to Living Spirit United Methodist Church, one of our collaborating congregations. On the fourth Sunday of Advent, I visited Living Spirit to receive a big...
12/18/2018 - 9:30am
Happy Holidays to all!  This is the January Affordable Homes Update. Did you realize that Minneapolis made history last week? The Minneapolis City Council passed the Minneapolis 2040 plan, which will guide development over the next 20 years. What makes the plan so special? It is striking a...
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...

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