Homewords, the Beacon blog

03/11/2014 - 2:15pm
David Lima, a Beacon board member, recently addressed a group of Families Moving Forward volunteer leaders at an annual dinner and training. Here is an excerpt of his thoughts about the connection between our values of home and our sense of community.   Now I want to draw your attention to...
03/04/2014 - 4:38pm
In my early 20s I became homeless after a series of cataclysmic events. Before my life started to unravel I was a happy, healthy, successful student at St. Catherine University. My diligent work at SCU earned me a place in the Antonian Scholar’s Honors Society, a Billie Rhodes...
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...

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