Homewords, the Beacon blog

07/05/2018 - 3:39pm
The transition to shelter is often difficult for families as they enter Families Moving Forward. Adjusting to the program is sometimes only one of many changes the family experiences. Gina and her family understood this well when they came to our Southwest program in 2017. The family was accepted...
07/02/2018 - 2:40pm
The following was a speech given by Sakinah Mujahid, the Associate Director of Shelter Operations, at the Host Coordinator Dinner on June 12th. For those that do not know me I am, Sakinah Mujahid, Associate Director of Shelter Operations.  I have been with Beacon for almost seven years in...
07/02/2018 - 2:18pm
In our Collaborative Voices for July, we talk to one of our longstanding congregations in the collaborative, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Minneapolis. Mayflower has long been a leader on social justice issues ranging from climate change to housing. We talked to Belle Scott, a...
06/28/2018 - 8:57am
When 120 enthusiastic people gather in one room, the likelihood of ‘fun’ erupting is very high. When congregations evoke card games and start playfully ‘seeing-and-raising’ the invitation commitment level of a congregation across the room, you know you’ve arrived....
06/21/2018 - 12:42pm
Hope you are enjoying those first days of summer! Here is the Homes Update for July 2018.   How much do you have to earn to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Minnesota? Do you think it’s $8 per hour? Nope. How about $10? $12? Not even close. The answer is $18.22...
05/31/2018 - 12:32pm
In our Collaborative Voices for June, we look at Hope Lutheran Church in Jordan, Minnesota. The Southwest congregation has been a Beacon collaborating congregation since 2014. We talked to Sarah Gavert, the Shared Ministry Coordinator at the congregation.   “Hope is a mid-sized...
05/21/2018 - 3:59pm
Families come to Families Moving Forward through a variety of circumstances. No matter what path led them to our program, most families arrive feeling that they have lost everything. Grieving the loss of a former reality and seeking the courage to build a new life rings very true for Jesùs...
05/15/2018 - 2:46pm
A month ago, we were dealing with a foot of snow. Now, spring is truly here and summer is around the corner. It’s Minnesota. Here is the June 2018 Homes Update.   We start off with the Twin Cities’ light rail system. What does this have to do with homes? The Blue and Green...
05/14/2018 - 4:28pm
Note: The following is a speech by Marcus Mathis, on staff with Better Futures Minnesota and a former participant.  He spoke at the Groundbreaking of Great River Landing on Thursday, May 3. Good evening everyone, my name is Marcus. I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to share my...
05/01/2018 - 4:02pm
During April 2018, Beacon collaborating congregations gathered at three separate locations in the Twin Cities to meet with state legislators. The point of the events was to vocalize our support for $140 million in bonding for affordable homes. None of these events would have happened if it weren...

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