Homewords, the Beacon blog

09/20/2018 - 4:20pm
Our October Affordable Homes Update includes several links about the Franklin-Hiawatha Encampment in Minneapolis, a new use for the former home of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the rise of “street medicine” and land banks.  Let’s begin: If you take Hiawatha Avenue in...
09/18/2018 - 2:31pm
We asked and you responded. The Hennepin Program Center now has a room filled with backpacks and fully stocked with supplies for our kids thanks to the generosity of the following collaborating congregations: Mount Calvary Lutheran ,Excelsior; Trinity Lutheran, Long Lake, Good Samaritan United...
09/18/2018 - 10:33am
By Gwen Rouleau About 13 years ago, our family answered a call for FMF volunteers at Valley Community Presbyterian Church. My husband and I were looking for a volunteer opportunity we could share with our small children. During our FMF hosting weeks, we ate dinner and engaged with parents, and...
09/18/2018 - 9:39am
By Kayli Salin Life can be overwhelming when you are young parents experiencing homelessness for the first time. Travon and Richarykah, both 23, found themselves in this exact situation with their 3-year-old baby. This young couple entered our program July 13th, 2018, unemployed and with no...
09/10/2018 - 1:40pm
In this month's collaborative voices, we head across the river to St. Paul to learn about Unity Church-Unitarian. Unity Church was instrumental in getting Prior Crossing in St. Paul off the ground and looks forward to welcoming other St. Paul congregations into the collaborative. We chatted...
08/24/2018 - 8:58am
The Great Minnesota Get-Together just started, so it seems only fitting that this edition of the Affordable Homes Update would be chock-full of news from Minnesota! So grab some cheese curds, cookies-in-a-bucket-that-can't-be-named-due-to-licensing-protections, and anything on a stick, and get...
08/20/2018 - 12:59pm
Collaborating congregation St. Philip the Deacon found a unique way to help volunteers bring their passion and skills into the experience of Families Moving Forward. Patti and Kathi are certified to lead Pet Therapy with people in stressful environments, which research shows can be a powerful...
08/13/2018 - 3:54pm
There are some big changes taking place with the Beacon shelter staff. First off, we thank Claire DesHotels for her work as the Case Manager at our Southwest site in Chaska. She leaves to pursue a Masters of Divinity Degree at the University of Chicago. We will miss her and are grateful for...
08/10/2018 - 1:43pm
“Sometimes I don’t know how I got through the day, but I did it. Running on zero sleep, zero energy, but still being forced to step up every day because you want a better tomorrow for your kids. That’s really hard.” Lacretia is struggling. She loves her job, she had great...
08/06/2018 - 3:49pm
In this month’s Collaborative Voices, we talked to Rev. Michael Gonzales and Robin Gonzales the pastor and first lady of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. St. James is the oldest African American congregation in Minnesota and is considered the mother church of...

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