Homewords, the Beacon blog

05/08/2014 - 4:08pm
By Peggy Nelson | For years, I’d passed the sign-up sheet for Families Moving Forward hosting weeks without putting my name down.That changed in 2007 when I finally signed up to volunteer -- without any idea what to expect. I took some of my musical instruments with me that first...
05/02/2014 - 11:55am
We don't really want you to steal this letter - but we think it is a fine example of how to craft a message to your legislators. Read our breakdown of why it works, and if you like, click the link below to print. Thanks to Elise Jamison, a member of The House of Hope Prebysterian Church who...
04/29/2014 - 2:46pm
By Lee Blons | Matt Crellin, Beacon’s director of housing development, has announced he’s “easing into retirement.”  I am so grateful for Matt’s quiet leadership that has guided Beacon to our extraordinary success in creating high-quality housing in the...
04/22/2014 - 4:41pm
“Homelessness is a growing problem in Minnesota, especially among youth.” Those words are from a letter written by Max, a seventh-grader who is a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community. He and other middle- and high-school students from that congregation are requesting a...
04/18/2014 - 3:51pm
Read 'em all or choose one. “What to do when someone asks for spare change,” by Monica Nilsson, director of community engagement at St. Stephen’s Human Services, The Journal, April 17, 2014 Why to read it: Because you wrestle with this question. What might surprise...
04/15/2014 - 4:48pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, get to know Allison Johnson, congregational partnership organizer. (She's in the middle in the photo at right.)  How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? Three years.  Describe your job - not...
04/11/2014 - 4:04pm
By Marcia Evenson | Each year for Lent I put a lot of thought into what I can do to better focus on my relationship with God. That's what Lent is about really...refocusing ourselves in a new way. This Lent I wanted to shift my focus from the negative thoughts that creep into my head to a place...
04/08/2014 - 9:33am
By Lee Blons | How can I express gratitude for Beacon volunteers without sounding trite? Consider the many ways volunteers invest their time here: They call, count, file, stuff, fold, wash, bake, make beds, plan, speak, write letters, telephone, email, craft, dig, read, color, plant, clean...
04/01/2014 - 6:45pm
By Jinnet Fowles | My interest in housing options began years ago while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. I realized then that sound housing was the basis of a secure life. I also learned that we need many more housing alternatives. When, in 1999, my church (Plymouth Congregational Church)...
03/28/2014 - 1:52pm
By Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay | The anxiety is ramping in our lives and surely in my belly. We have a signed purchase agreement on our home. All will be well and good pending a thorough inspection. Someone just spent five hours inspecting our 100-plus year old home. Now we wait. In...

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