Homewords, the Beacon blog

07/29/2014 - 10:16am
By Maura Schnorbach | Ed note: Last week’s scheduled public hearing regarding our proposal for youth housing had been on the Edina Planning Commission agenda for weeks. More than 170 people showed up at Edina City Hall July 23 to support this housing, known as 66 West. Yet the...
07/22/2014 - 4:07pm
I hope these links get you thinking about the importance of stable housing and other supportive resources in the lives of ordinary Americans. Warning: May Shatter Stereotypes. ReThink Housing has a series of videos about the value of public housing. Veterans, college students, parents,...
07/17/2014 - 10:40am
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Accountant and Office Manager Lynn McEachran.  How long have you worked at Beacon?  I can’t believe it’s already been two years! Describe your job - not necessarily your official job description but what you really do...
07/08/2014 - 3:53pm
By Lee Blons | A recent retreat brought our board members and other congregation leaders together to talk about what it means for Beacon to be a collaborative of congregations committed to ending homelessness. Beacon is committed to developing the power to end homelessness. For some, the term...
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...

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