Homewords, the Beacon blog

09/05/2017 - 4:05pm
Omir’s life changed in an instant when his wife and children were killed in an accident. After the loss of his family, Omir wanted to die. “Sometimes people take the wrong path or the wrong people,” he said.  During this dark time, he returned home to Minnesota  and a...
08/15/2017 - 10:16am
At first glance, Tammi Lewis is an unlikely person to be homeless.  She makes a good salary  as a nursing assistant.  But, she also has two evictions on her rental history which kept her from finding a home.  It didn’t matter that she was able to make the required double...
08/10/2017 - 2:33pm
​ The following is a speech given by Danae, a tenant of 66 West during the August 3 Grand Opening celebration.   I’m Danae and I’m 19 years old. I was born in Minneapolis, MN. I bounced around the Twin Cities the majority of my life before I found my home at 66 West. I’...
08/01/2017 - 2:40pm
The following is an article that appeared in the July issue of Connect, the newsletter of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Minnetonka.   By  Pastor Bob Wertz We continue to be extremely grateful to members in both Minneapolis and Minnetonka who have recently donated...
07/20/2017 - 4:46pm
By Joel Bergeland The following article originally appeared on the blog of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Plymouth on July 14. A booklet has sat on my desk for several months called “Home is…” It was given to me by a staff member of Beacon Interfaith Housing, the parent...
07/20/2017 - 11:28am
My family lives about 12 miles from the church that we attend – Edina Community Lutheran Church.  When my daughters were quite young and they were restless when driving to church, we would play a game that we called – Count the Churches.  It was amazing how many churches they...
07/11/2017 - 9:57am
The following article appeared in the May 2017 issue of Inspire, the newsletter of Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN.  Wayzata Community is one of a number of West Metro congregations working to make Cranberry Ridge possible. Were you aware that there are now more homeless people in...
07/06/2017 - 10:14am
 At the May 16 Convening event, Rabbi Jill Crimmings shared why creating homes is important from a Jewish perspective. This is the second in a series of blog posts from religious leaders sharing what it means to have a home according to their faith tradition.   Our congregation is...
07/05/2017 - 10:36am
The following article appeared in the June issue of the Anchor, the newsletter of House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul.  House of Hope was instrumental in the building of Prior Crossing.   House of Hope is grateful to the volunteers who helped to make Prior Crossing a...
06/22/2017 - 4:34pm
When Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (formerly Plymouth Church Foundation) was building Lydia Apartments for tenants with mental health challenges, neighbors were so unhappy about the plans that they picketed the church every Sunday morning. Times have changed! The North Loop Neighborhood...

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