Homewords, the Beacon blog

06/28/2018 - 8:57am
When 120 enthusiastic people gather in one room, the likelihood of ‘fun’ erupting is very high. When congregations evoke card games and start playfully ‘seeing-and-raising’ the invitation commitment level of a congregation across the room, you know you’ve arrived....
06/21/2018 - 12:42pm
Hope you are enjoying those first days of summer! Here is the Homes Update for July 2018.   How much do you have to earn to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Minnesota? Do you think it’s $8 per hour? Nope. How about $10? $12? Not even close. The answer is $18.22...
05/31/2018 - 12:32pm
In our Collaborative Voices for June, we look at Hope Lutheran Church in Jordan, Minnesota. The Southwest congregation has been a Beacon collaborating congregation since 2014. We talked to Sarah Gavert, the Shared Ministry Coordinator at the congregation.   “Hope is a mid-sized...
05/21/2018 - 3:59pm
Families come to Families Moving Forward through a variety of circumstances. No matter what path led them to our program, most families arrive feeling that they have lost everything. Grieving the loss of a former reality and seeking the courage to build a new life rings very true for Jesùs...
05/15/2018 - 2:46pm
A month ago, we were dealing with a foot of snow. Now, spring is truly here and summer is around the corner. It’s Minnesota. Here is the June 2018 Homes Update.   We start off with the Twin Cities’ light rail system. What does this have to do with homes? The Blue and Green...
05/14/2018 - 4:28pm
Note: The following is a speech by Marcus Mathis, on staff with Better Futures Minnesota and a former participant.  He spoke at the Groundbreaking of Great River Landing on Thursday, May 3. Good evening everyone, my name is Marcus. I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to share my...
05/01/2018 - 4:02pm
During April 2018, Beacon collaborating congregations gathered at three separate locations in the Twin Cities to meet with state legislators. The point of the events was to vocalize our support for $140 million in bonding for affordable homes. None of these events would have happened if it weren...
04/30/2018 - 4:18pm
In our second Congregational Profile, we look at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth. The congregation is a fairly new member of the collaborative, starting with Families Moving Forward in 2017.  But in their short time, they have made a great contribution, including helping Cranberry...
04/26/2018 - 11:14am
Beacon, along with Better Futures Minnesota, will break ground on Great River Landing on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30-7p.m.  Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, the apartment homes for 72 people people at Great River Landing will also feature supportive services to assist the...
04/24/2018 - 3:28pm
The families who arrive at Families Moving Forward generally walk in under very difficult circumstances. As a team, we watch the families that once walked in with great needs and grave issues work hard and become determined to succeed.  The Mathis family joined Families Moving Forward in...

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