Homewords, the Beacon blog

12/11/2014 - 2:27pm
By Kris Berggren | The conversation about racial injustice is heated these days and it’s tragic that it has taken the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, among others, to bring this conversation to the national level it deserves. It isn’t my intention to focus on...
12/03/2014 - 5:04pm
By Jennifer Peterson | I have been at Beacon just over a month now. The first weeks in any new job can be a real whirlwind, but never have I joined an organization with such positive, forward momentum underway. Since arriving at Beacon I have witnessed a chain of events that leaves me in...
11/24/2014 - 5:04pm
By Thomas Hart | I recently attended a seminar on culturally competent program evaluation methods and wanted to share some of my reflections. This statement by a keynote speaker really got me thinking: “What I wanted to find out, I can’t fit into traditional western academic...
11/19/2014 - 11:49am
By Kay Arntson, age 10  | Pretend you are 4th grader coming home from school, but you have no home. How can you concentrate on school work, or stay on task at school?   Families Moving Forward is an organization that helps prevent homelessness in Carver and Scott county....
11/18/2014 - 3:24pm
Nearly 1 million more children are homeless in our country than in 2010, according to a new report called "America's Youngest Outcasts," by the American Institutes for Research and The National Center on Family Homelessness. One in 30 children in the nation is experiencing...
11/11/2014 - 2:38pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, meet Jenny Lock, Nicollet Square collaborative partners manager, pictured at right. How long have you worked at Beacon? Since November 2013. Describe your job - not necessarily your official job description but what you really do every day...
11/06/2014 - 1:47pm
Excerpt from remarks made Oct 30 by the Rev. Rena Turnham at Wayzata Community Church at our family housing initiative launch. | Exactly a year ago I was invited to attend an event, much like this one. It was co-sponsored  by Beacon and Edina Community Lutheran Church.  I was there...
10/30/2014 - 4:14pm
by Peter Arneson | I am leaving Beacon…and I’m going to miss you! These years that we’ve worked together have been purposeful. There are many other things I’d like to say on my way out and my head is full of faces, stories, frustration, pride, and gratitude. I can’...
10/17/2014 - 3:35pm
This father's recent letter to us says more than we ever could about our Families Moving Forward program. Josh and his family came through our FMF-SW shelter program and recently moved into their new home.  "When our family of six was left with no more housing options and when...
10/15/2014 - 6:00pm
By Kris Berggren | Our shelter program, Families Moving Forward, is kind of like “the little engine that could.” We are small but we persevere. And we are achieving our goal to end homelessness, one family at a time. Our program relies on volunteers at more than 60 congregations...

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