Homewords, the Beacon blog

10/10/2013 - 4:36pm
As a student participating in HECUA—Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs --  I have the opportunity this semester to take a social justice class alongside an internship at Beacon with a focus on social change. My class is called Inequality in America. I am...
09/27/2013 - 2:33pm
I am a little obsessed with bags. I am always on the lookout for bags, totes and cases with many pockets so I can carry my things just perfectly. I have a lightweight, hardshell case that safely secures my Macbook Pro and allows space for a few work papers or magazines. I have thermal...
09/24/2013 - 5:39pm
“What you’re seeing is people who are mentally ill being labeled as criminals.”     --Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek  Stanek’s quote is from a recent Star Tribune article about the impact of untreated mental illness in the jails.   Our...
09/13/2013 - 5:22pm
What you need to know about ending and preventing homelessness, creating and preserving affordable rental housing and supporting low-income people with challenges to housing stability. It’s only with strong public will and a spectrum of resources that we will end homelessness in our...
08/23/2013 - 3:21pm
This summer I have had the honor of working with two amazing public policy interns. Matt Weinstein, a senior majoring in American studies at Carleton College, and Nick Leach, an urban studies major from the University of Minnesota, will have made Beacon a stronger organization when they...
08/21/2013 - 9:07am
As a summer intern at Families Moving Forward, I’ve had a humbling experience. I have learned how this program works while getting to know the excellent staff, and also how each family works hard to move forward from this homeless stage in life.   Many people have a schema that...
08/14/2013 - 4:59pm
Seems the Beacon staff is delving into the topic of race this summer. Here are a few selections from our reading list. More to come. It’s not surprising that Allison Johnson is doing her homework! She’s reading this book before hearing the author speak at a national conference this...
08/06/2013 - 5:30pm
For many people, Waikiki is shorthand for paradise. The famous Honolulu beach was once a marshy area converted to duck ponds and taro farms which in the 1800s became a hangout for Hawaiian royalty. Today it’s a seaside mecca where the people-watching is fantastic from your beach blanket,...
07/19/2013 - 5:00pm
I sat in a meeting recently with a group of leaders from Wayzata Community Church who are assessing their community’s affordable housing needs. We heard real stories from Wendy, a director at Interfaith Outreach Community Partners which serves suburban Hennepin County families and individuals...
07/19/2013 - 4:53pm
My kids both slept at home last night. This might seem like a non-event, but for this mom who’s coping with the changes that come with having two teenagers, it was heaven. I relaxed in my bed knowing my children were only steps away. I knew they were safe. I slept more soundly than I have...

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