Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
10/11/2018 - 3:20pm
It’s mid-October, but the weather makes it feel like November is already here.  As colder weather arrives, the issue of making sure everyone has a home becomes more urgent. In the November Affordable Homes Update, we talk about the ongoing situation at the Franklin/Hiawatha Encampment,...
10/08/2018 - 3:02pm
By Gary Shelton The following speech was given during the Congregation Convening, September 13, 2018 at Colonial Church in Edina. Good evening, I am Gary Shelton, and I am the County Administrator for Scott County.  I appreciate this opportunity to speak this evening about...
10/01/2018 - 4:07pm
In the October edition of Collaborative Voices, we go to Edina to highlight one of the newest members of the collaborative, Edina Morningside Community United Church of Christ in Edina.  While Edina Morningside is a new member, in some ways they feel like they've been a part of Beacon for...
10/01/2018 - 11:37am
WHERE IS THE POWER? IN OUR HANDS!   Those words rang out loud and clear as nearly 300 people from 50 congregations gathered in the Meeting House of Colonial Church in Edina on September 13th to publically declare their commitment to work toward the goal of ending homelessness. With...
09/28/2018 - 11:01am
Beacon’s mission says, “As a collaborative of congregations united in action we create homes and advance equitable housing.” What a perfect mission for the time and place we find ourselves in.   The Governor’s Task Force on Housing recently released a report...

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