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08/18/2015 - 4:48pm
Meet Davis Parker, Beacon's institutional giving coordinator, pictured with his son, Ezra, at the 66 West Ice Cream Social in July. How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? Almost a year, though I have known about Families Moving Forward for much longer...
08/06/2015 - 4:07pm
By Jacqueline Scott-Hopkins | Last week, I opened the mail and had received six gas cards from Deacon Francis (St. Gabriel the Archangel) donated by an anonymous parishioner.  I raised my hand and gave thanks to the almighty and did my silly happy dance. It gave me such pleasure to be...
08/04/2015 - 10:58am
By Joy DeHarpporte | My husband John and I have worked twice a year to support families through the Families Moving Forward program.  Both my church - Prospect Park United Methodist – and my husband’s church -St. Frances Cabrini Catholic – were among those responding to a...
07/22/2015 - 2:01pm
By Lisa Surber | When we host Families Moving Forward guests at Christ the King Catholic Community, one ongoing problem is our lack of individual rooms to convert to private family bedrooms. Instead we have a large auditorium space in which we create smaller “rooms” for each family. We...
06/26/2015 - 4:27pm
A round-up of news and features about homelessness and housing. Photo at right by Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune. But first a pair of stories from CityLab, an Atlantic news source about urban life: What the Supreme Court's 'Disparate Impact' Decision Means for the Future of Fair...
06/24/2015 - 3:43pm
By Mara Stephan | I invite you to think about something that you believe in. Maybe a political issue, a human rights issue, a matter of religion, anything. I now invite you to think about what you have done to share your insights about your belief. Maybe a conversation with a friend or family...
06/19/2015 - 10:57am
This month, meet Jacqueline Scott-Hopkins, Families Moving Forward program manager, pictured at far right with Lois Olson, left, and Sue Crabtree, center, both of Edina Community Lutheran church. How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? 1 year as of June 2,...
06/11/2015 - 5:11pm
Got a remodeling job to dot? Don't miss this: Better Futures Minnesota, our on-site service collaborator at Great River Landing, trains people to do construction demo and recycle materials – and here is a chance to buy those materials such as lumber, doors, plumbing fixtures. Their...
06/02/2015 - 12:19pm
By Laura Vitelli  It’s June. The start of summer. Warm sunny days are finally here. For many in my field, it’s also crunch time. Only 30 days left to fiscal year end. 30 days to get those final contributions to meet goals and make budget. I’ve been there—often...
05/27/2015 - 7:21pm
By Lee Blons, Executive Director I’ve been in a retreat series with leaders at Wayzata Community Church as they equip themselves to create affordable housing through the Beacon collaborative.   One of the main concepts that we discuss is the world as it is and the world as it...

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