Homewords, the Beacon blog

01/22/2015 - 3:42pm
Our topic this month is income inequality in our country: what an uber-one percenter thinks about the topic; the growth in suburban poverty; the impact of child care costs on low-income families. Suburbs and the New American Poverty, by Alana Semuels, The Atlantic About 20...
01/14/2015 - 12:07pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month meet Kris Berggren, content specialist (at right; horizontal). She feels supported by her colleagues every day, not just on Flannel Shirt Day. How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? I have been here for...
01/07/2015 - 12:34pm
Happy New Year! As promised, our list of what we wish for (and will work for) in 2015: 1. More diversity in our collaborative – congregations, staff and volunteers. We can’t talk the talk and not walk the walk. Call Deb Rodgers, 651-789-6260 x 218 if your congregation is moved...
12/31/2014 - 4:08pm
Part one: As the old year rings out, we want to share our 2014 “wins” with you, the people who made them happen. Seeing this list makes us burst with pride at everything you helped us accomplish, dear supporters, volunteers, advocates and donors. Although the list is numbered it...
12/23/2014 - 5:52pm
We spent some time gathering these stories so all you need to do is click and read. Some bare facts here as well as some heartwarming soul food. The Southwest Journal presents a fine series on family homelessness in Minneapolis – looking at the impact of homelessness on students, the need...
12/23/2014 - 4:17pm
By Jenny Lock |  Nicollet Square hosted its fourth annual holiday party last Thursday and it was a rousing success! The party is primarily planned by volunteers from Plymouth Congregational Church and Westminster Presbyterian church, the two partner congregations for Nicollet...
12/18/2014 - 3:13pm
I have to face facts: I have a desk job. I love writing and telling people’s stories, but sometimes I wish I were a photographer instead because you tell stories, just with pictures instead of words – and you definitely get to move around more. Sometimes you have to crouch, climb on...
12/17/2014 - 5:24pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature on the Homewords blog. This month, meet Matt Crellin, housing project manager. The photo at right was taken recently with 4 of 5 members of the '"OG" PCNF team (l to r, Margee Bracken, Matt, Jean Kenndy, Marcia Giske), minus Lee Blons. How...
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...

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