Homewords, the Beacon blog

02/18/2014 - 11:06am
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature here on the Homewords blog. This month, meet Danielle Fegel, Families Moving Forward Program Center Coordinator. Danielle, how long have you worked at Beacon? Two and a half years – I started as an intern at the Families Moving Forward...
02/05/2014 - 4:24pm
What are people in other states doing to end homelessness and serve homeless people? Here are three creative and successful ideas from Utah, Virginia and Sonoma County, California, very much worth reading. Utah’s solution? Give people homes. In contrast to such cities as Raleigh, NC;...
02/05/2014 - 9:59am
Leaders in our state are serious about ending homelessness with a comprehensive plan, “Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.”  Previously  I shared thoughts about this proposal to invest boldly in affordable housing based on our ...
01/31/2014 - 11:51am
This week Erik Scheurle from Edina Community Lutheran Church told our Acting on Faith gathering of 70 congregation advocacy leaders why ECLC is investing its own resources to build supportive housing for homeless youth -- and why the state should make a good habit of investing in its...
01/28/2014 - 4:44pm
Our Beacon tagline is simple: “We believe in home.” I’ve often remarked that the foundation of any strategy to end homelessness must include a home!  So I am very excited by Heading Home: Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness both because of its...
01/24/2014 - 2:51pm
We share a few of the best local articles from the past few weeks about the challenges of homelessness and what’s needed to end it. Pick one or read them all – this is good stuff. Lorenzo Vasquez was homeless for 25 years. Now a Beacon tenant at American House, he shared his story...
01/17/2014 - 12:00pm
A new monthly feature is Q and A with members of the Beacon staff. This month, get to know Michael Dahl, Advocacy Coordinator. Michael, how long have you worked at Beacon? 1 year, 4 months, 14 days, and a few hours. Describe your job. Each day I recalibrate my understanding of the...
01/10/2014 - 4:51pm
I was excited that we discussed Minnesota’s Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness at our staff meeting here at Beacon this week. This plan should be required reading for anyone who cares about this cause -- and I am not talking about reading yourself to sleep. The plan is well-...
01/08/2014 - 12:35pm
One of my favorite blogs, Colorlines, posted a video that caught my attention. It’s a link to a video about Lesedi Lo-Fi, an up-and-coming artist whose music on the street caught the attention of a major record producer. While his pop music is upbeat, the lyrics in his debut album “...
01/03/2014 - 5:10pm
I can only imagine what it’s like to be a parent, homeless, small children's faces looking up at me and trusting me to keep it all together. Anastasia and Jonathan, parents of three sons, ages 7, 6 and 5, and a daughter, 3, know because it happened to them. Their east St....

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