Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
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...

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