Homewords, the Beacon blog

05/13/2019 - 4:12pm
Peg Mitchell wants to help as many people as she can by showing up. Peg, a retiree and a member of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, is part of a congregation that wants to tackle the root causes of homelessness and poverty. Peg is on board in seeking out the "whys" of...
05/07/2019 - 1:21pm
Housing in downtown Minneapolis will include culturally relevant support services for individuals in the Native community who have experienced homelessness. We are thrilled to announce plans to create about 50 new apartment homes for members of the Native community who have experienced...
05/06/2019 - 10:30am
“Moravians are a quiet denomination,” Pastor Amy Gohdes-Luhman said, describing her faith tradition. Pastor Amy leads Waconia Moravian Church in Carver County, a congregation that could be described as a quiet congregation. “As for social justice, historically we have been...
04/26/2019 - 8:58am
Beacon Launches Supportive Homes for Families in Hopkins Vista 44 will offer urgently needed, quality apartment homes with on-site support services for families who make less than $25,000 a year. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative announced plans to build Vista 44, located at 1244 12th...
04/25/2019 - 2:01pm
 “I invest in Beacon because I want these young adults to know they are not only seen, but are valued.  They matter,” says Karen Contag. Karen, a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, has a heart for youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness....
04/16/2019 - 3:04pm
September 24 will always be special for Jessica. On that day, her son exclaimed, “It’s 5 o’clock, mama, and we don’t have to go anywhere. We get to stay right here!” On September 24, 2010, Jessica moved out of temporary shelter (and its 5p.m. check-ins) and...
04/04/2019 - 1:23pm
Every fall, just a few days after Yom Kippur, a number of huts appear on the property of Bet Shalom Congregation in Minnetonka. The huts or sukkah are at the heart of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Also known as the Festival of Tabernacles, Sukkot is an annual harvest festival. The sukkah is very...
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...

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