Homewords, the Beacon blog

07/19/2013 - 4:44pm
I sat across from Lisa in the privacy of my office. It was nearing her 60-day deadline in the Families Moving Forward program – families have 60 days in which to work with us to find housing and a source of income. Lisa had found a job, lost a job, found an apartment, lost the chance to...
07/18/2013 - 5:15pm
Just read a Salon.com post about how we refer to immigrants without official approval to live, study or work in the United States. You know, what we used to call “illegal aliens.” That term has fallen from favor in many circles, and even its more politically correct substitute...
07/09/2013 - 2:49pm
One. Point. Nine. Two. Million. Dollars.  $1.92 million dollars to end homelessness.  $1.92 million to invest of the lives and futures of our neighbors. I’m amazed when I think about this number, which represents the deep love that Beacon’s donors have for their homeless...
06/28/2013 - 11:41am
Each and every night, when I lay my son Luke down in his crib, I say to him, “God is with you, and loves you, every day and every night…and so do I.”  It’s that love for a child that brought me to tears when I learned last year that our state’s funding ...
06/10/2013 - 11:38am
Every parent in the world has experienced this: the realization that a child is coming down with something. You know how it goes. Your two-year-old comes to you, eyes a little glazed over, crawls into your lap, too quiet. You touch his forehead and feel the radiating heat. You wonder if he caught...
05/24/2013 - 1:45pm
“My doctor says I can’t participate in A Night on the Street unless I sleep inside because I’m getting over a cold. He says it will aggravate my asthma. But I really want to come because Don and I raised $616. It’s hard for people to turn down an 80-year-old!  And I...
05/14/2013 - 5:31pm
One Saturday, shy nine-year-old Lena paced outside my office door. I smiled and said hi as I entered and exited my office. Saturday afternoons at the Families Moving Forward Program Center are a blur of requests for laundry detergent, baby wipes and diapers, soap and shampoo for showers, the...
05/03/2013 - 3:30pm
It’s crunch time at the Capitol. Now would be a good time to contact your legislator to make sure our state's budget -- our moral blueprint for what we're investing in-- includes significant funding for services for the growing number of people who are homeless in our state,...
04/25/2013 - 10:48am
We had a beautiful surprise in the mail the Monday after A Night on the Street, our annual event where youth spent the night sleeping outdoors to homelessness. Longtime volunteer Virginia Ward had dashed off a handwritten note and sent it along with a check to support the efforts of the young...
04/22/2013 - 2:02pm
On Friday, April 19, 268 youth participated in A Night on the Street to learn from those who have experienced homelessness and to advocate for $8 million for the Homeless Youth Act. On a record cold evening they spent the night in boxes in the Plymouth Congregational Church parking lot in hopes...

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