Homewords, the Beacon blog

03/26/2019 - 12:01pm
When Bobby Morrow, a case worker at Prior Crossing, called 22 year-old Meriem saying that they had a home for her, she hung up the phone. “Bobby called me and he was like, ‘Are you Meriem? We have a spot for you.’ I hanged up on him, I didn’t believe him! I thought it was...
03/12/2019 - 2:34pm
They work long hours, seven days a week. Childcare is tenuous. The family is rushed from shelter to school and back again with little chance to relax. No matter how hard they try, they can’t seem to get ahead. No matter how hard they try, their dream of finding home still seems out their...
03/05/2019 - 11:29am
Valentines Day, February 14th at 7:30 a.m. it was still dark out and 0 degrees, and I thought, “What a perfect day for a Faith Leader Breakfast.” As I parked my car along Prior Avenue next to a snow bank, I could see the Habitat for Humanity Building at the corner and the lights were on...
02/25/2019 - 2:03pm
Islam has a rich tradition on how to build a just society, but for many it may be a tradition that has gone unexplored.  Khalil Houri, a member of the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth, believes Islam is linkage of faith and action. “In the Quran, when faith is mentioned...
02/14/2019 - 3:58pm
The following speech was given at the Congregation Convening, held January 29 at Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka.  Rev. Mades shares her experiences encountering persons experiencing homelessness and how her South Minneapolis congregation is working to make sure everyone has a home...
02/13/2019 - 7:58am
Bitterly cold temperatures impacted Minnesota the week of January 28, with the worst occuring Tuesday, January 29 into Wednesday, January 30. On Wednesday, all of the congregations hosting families through Beacon's Families Moving Forward program eagerly decided to keep their congregations open...
02/07/2019 - 2:25pm
  “We are God’s people being transformed by the Holy Spirit to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in the world in word and action.” The mission statement of Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis indicates they are a congregation that desires to live...
02/05/2019 - 7:55am
Richard Schultz moved from California to Minnesota just seven months ago. Yet the Cantor for Bet Shalom Congregation was glad to brave one of the coldest nights in decades because he believes in the vision that all people have a home. Cantor Schultz was one of hundreds of people of faith from...
01/24/2019 - 1:33pm
Happy New Year!  Here are the latest stories concerning affordable housing for February 2019. First off, is the partial government shutdown. Federal workers are having to go without a paycheck until the impasse is solved, but the hurt will go beyond just those who work for Uncle Sam. Many...
01/10/2019 - 1:53pm
By Dennis Sanders Beacon was one of many organizations working to support people in the Franklin-Hiawatha Encampment. Working with the Red Lake Nation and one of our service providers, Avivo, Beacon has been able to move more than a dozen people from the Encampment into our apartment building,...

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