Homewords, the Beacon blog

04/08/2014 - 9:33am
By Lee Blons | How can I express gratitude for Beacon volunteers without sounding trite? Consider the many ways volunteers invest their time here: They call, count, file, stuff, fold, wash, bake, make beds, plan, speak, write letters, telephone, email, craft, dig, read, color, plant, clean...
04/01/2014 - 6:45pm
By Jinnet Fowles | My interest in housing options began years ago while volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. I realized then that sound housing was the basis of a secure life. I also learned that we need many more housing alternatives. When, in 1999, my church (Plymouth Congregational Church)...
03/28/2014 - 1:52pm
By Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay | The anxiety is ramping in our lives and surely in my belly. We have a signed purchase agreement on our home. All will be well and good pending a thorough inspection. Someone just spent five hours inspecting our 100-plus year old home. Now we wait. In...
03/25/2014 - 5:30pm
Instead of our usual round-up of news, we've "Storified" this week's flurry of social media and online content about the divergence between affordable housing and earning power of many minimum- and low-wage workers.
03/21/2014 - 3:01pm
Numbers are important. They tell us the day and time, when we should accomplish tasks or how old we are. They tell us the cost of our morning scone or that mid-afternoon coffee run. Numbers quantify our physical being, allowing us to know how tall our kids have grown or what size clothing to buy....
03/18/2014 - 5:16pm
We are sometimes asked why people are homeless. The simple answer is that people are homeless because they don’t have homes – and they often don’t have homes because they can’t pay for them. Homelessness, or at least housing insecurity, and poverty are intertwined. People...
03/14/2014 - 1:17pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, get to know Marlys Weyandt, Beacon's fund development coordinator. How long have you worked at Beacon? Two years in February 2014. Describe your job - not necessarily your official job description but what you really do every...
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),...

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