Homewords, the Beacon blog

09/10/2018 - 1:40pm
In this month's collaborative voices, we head across the river to St. Paul to learn about Unity Church-Unitarian. Unity Church was instrumental in getting Prior Crossing in St. Paul off the ground and looks forward to welcoming other St. Paul congregations into the collaborative. We chatted...
08/24/2018 - 8:58am
The Great Minnesota Get-Together just started, so it seems only fitting that this edition of the Affordable Homes Update would be chock-full of news from Minnesota! So grab some cheese curds, cookies-in-a-bucket-that-can't-be-named-due-to-licensing-protections, and anything on a stick, and get...
08/20/2018 - 12:59pm
Collaborating congregation St. Philip the Deacon found a unique way to help volunteers bring their passion and skills into the experience of Families Moving Forward. Patti and Kathi are certified to lead Pet Therapy with people in stressful environments, which research shows can be a powerful...
08/13/2018 - 3:54pm
There are some big changes taking place with the Beacon shelter staff. First off, we thank Claire DesHotels for her work as the Case Manager at our Southwest site in Chaska. She leaves to pursue a Masters of Divinity Degree at the University of Chicago. We will miss her and are grateful for...
08/10/2018 - 1:43pm
“Sometimes I don’t know how I got through the day, but I did it. Running on zero sleep, zero energy, but still being forced to step up every day because you want a better tomorrow for your kids. That’s really hard.” Lacretia is struggling. She loves her job, she had great...
08/06/2018 - 3:49pm
In this month’s Collaborative Voices, we talked to Rev. Michael Gonzales and Robin Gonzales the pastor and first lady of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Minneapolis. St. James is the oldest African American congregation in Minnesota and is considered the mother church of...
07/30/2018 - 12:17pm
The below speech is from one of our Audubon Crossing residents when she graduated from Plymouth Christian Youth Center Alternative High School with her  diploma. She had a choice a graduating with her GED, but chose to work toward her HS diploma once she found home at Audubon Crossing....
07/24/2018 - 4:06pm
Supportive housing can make all the difference in the lives of at-risk youth and young adults. Since 2012, the Beacon collaborative has worked on creating three residences for this vulnerable population: Nicollet Square in Minneapolis, Prior Crossing in St. Paul, and 66 West in Edina. While the...
07/24/2018 - 1:59pm
At 23 years old, Meisha and her 5-year- old daughter found themselves in need of shelter after their previous home burned down in a fire.  Meisha had a job through a temp service, but income wasn’t always steady.Past debts and unsteady income caused barriers in finding housing. Meisha...
07/17/2018 - 10:19am
Our monthly Affordable Homes Update includes links about gentrification, youth experiencing homelessness, the affordable housing shortage, a unique way to finance housing, and designing shelters for those experiencing homelessness. Let’s dig in! After decades of professionals choosing...

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