Homewords, the Beacon blog

07/03/2014 - 4:08pm
By Kris Berggren | I enjoy the work of Gretchen Rubin – the happiness guru who packages ideas about living well in tidy lists and chapters. Maybe that sounds kind of treacly, but because she is up front about her own limits, bad habits and preferences, the reader may embrace his or her own...
07/01/2014 - 5:16pm
We wanted to share excerpts of a lovely letter of gratitude from a host coordinator to her congregation’s volunteers after their inaugural Families Moving Forward hosting week: Hello, I can't tell you enough how much of a difference you all made. It was an amazing week. It was an...
06/26/2014 - 2:14pm
Our sunny Minnesota days were finally returning as I walked out into the lobby of our program center, my mind filled with the new information and tasks I had collected from our staff meeting. I had some personal stress lingering after a morning phone call, some anxiety from starting some new...
06/20/2014 - 4:41pm
A round up of recent news about housing, homelessness and related issues. This week: Breaking down stereotypes of homeless teens; affordable housing lagging behind luxury rentals in the Twin Cities; fewer Americans blame the poor for poverty. | If you have a stereotype of...
06/17/2014 - 4:58pm
By Jack Sjoholm | Beacon board member Jack Sjoholm opened the June board meeting with the following remarks. We thought they were worth sharing for your consideration. In preparation for this meeting, I spoke with a number of close friends about what home means to them and how it...
06/13/2014 - 3:16pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Director of Advancement Laura Vitelli. (Photo: Laura, far left, with guests at The Journey Home.) How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? I’ve been with Beacon three years. Describe your job - not...
06/06/2014 - 2:57pm
Michelle Obama announced this week an initiative to end veteran homelessness by 2015. That is a big hairy audacious goal (and we're okay with that!). You can see a clip of her remarks to a White House audience of veterans, mayors and others working on this cause.  "When a veteran...
05/27/2014 - 4:37pm
By Stacy Hakanson | For the past three years, I have been one of many volunteers working to bring an emergency shelter program for families experiencing homelessness to Scott and Carver counties. Our goal was realized two weeks ago, on Mother’s Day, 2014, with the opening of Families...
05/22/2014 - 4:35pm
Today’s short and sweet blog post simply draws attention to some compelling articles I've read lately about creative people thinking big about changing their world.  Loved this piece about economic and personal development through technology and access to industry....
05/14/2014 - 3:51pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Individual Giving Manager Sarah Mollet (pictured, far right, with Marlys and Allison at a leadership event in 2013). How long have you worked at Beacon? 3 years as of March 2014. Describe your job - not necessarily your...

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