Homewords, the Beacon blog

09/30/2014 - 3:28pm
By Kris Berggren | The numbers vary from state to state but the crisis is the same: more children experience homelessness now than in previous years. Minnesota saw a nine percent increase in homeless children with their parents between 2009 and 2012, when the most recent Wilder...
09/18/2014 - 5:00pm
Minneapolis is a city with a commitment to “community”—there is this desire to participate in community events, meet our neighbors, be outdoors together and find new ways to interact with new neighbors and different cultures. Summer typically showcases this attitude but in...
09/16/2014 - 12:44pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Sue Laliberte, director of housing and program operations, second from right at last year's luncheon for Families Moving Forward-Southwest. How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)?  I have worked at...
09/10/2014 - 12:21pm
Remarks to the congregation at Edina Community Lutheran Church by Lee Blons after the Edina City Council vote Sept. 2 allowed 66 West to move forward By Lee Blons | Martin Luther King felt that the lesson of the Good Samaritan is revealed in the question that we choose to ask ourselves. Do...
09/04/2014 - 3:35pm
By Sarah Mollet | I’m a Minnesotan, I suppose, since I’ve been here longer than anywhere I’ve ever lived before. And as a Minnesotan, I camp. If I were to assign a taxonomic rank to my camping it would be: Princess. Not quite of the species Glamping — oh...
08/27/2014 - 9:40am
One of my colleagues suggested yesterday (mostly in jest) that we invite Miley Cyrus to our next fundraiser, now that she’s promoting housing for homeless youth. So I guess it's time to 'fess up before the National Enquirer gets the story: Miley Cyrus and Beacon Interfaith...
08/21/2014 - 5:08pm
These comments were made by Betsy Cruz, a suburban high school teacher, to the Edina Planning Commission on Aug. 13: Tonight, I would like share my perspective as an educator about why the 66 West Apartments are so important for our homeless youth. I learned early on in my teaching career to...
08/20/2014 - 4:21pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Housing Project Manager Sarah Larson, pictured at center, with Beacon's new projects team. How long have you worked at Beacon?: 6 years Describe your job: I take a project when it’s still just an idea and work on the nuts...
08/08/2014 - 5:30pm
By Michael Dahl | How do you make sense of the homelessness you see? I see lines outside our shelters and my heart hurts. I hear of kids dealing with the “toxic stress” of homelessness and a lump grows in my throat. How do we let this happen? How?! To some, this may seem a...
08/08/2014 - 12:10pm
By Laura Vitelli | I’ve been thinking a lot about home lately. More than usual, in fact. But, I’ve been thinking more about it on a macro level—the geographic place I call home, my city, my neighborhood. My home is West Saint Paul. I love it there. I enjoy the small town feel...

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