Homewords, the Beacon blog

02/28/2014 - 2:48pm
Since we know that supportive housing is effective to stop homelessness, what are the barriers to going to scale?  Why does it remain so difficult to assemble the funding? On Feb. 27, 50 key leaders from the public sector (Ramsey County, the City of Saint Paul, the State of Minnesota),...
02/27/2014 - 10:57am
Getting out from behind my desk is a treat. It’s fun to be out and about in the city during the week, to feel part of the community around me. When it’s because I get to visit with some of the people who live in our housing or are served through our shelter program, it’s more than...
02/21/2014 - 11:27am
I clam up in formal, plated dining situations.  How do I ask for the vegetarian option? And, so many utensils! I am led to believe there's a proper usage for each. Is coffee for dessert, or is it okay to drink it throughout the meal? The latter is what feels right to me...
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...

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