Homewords, the Beacon blog

08/06/2013 - 5:30pm
For many people, Waikiki is shorthand for paradise. The famous Honolulu beach was once a marshy area converted to duck ponds and taro farms which in the 1800s became a hangout for Hawaiian royalty. Today it’s a seaside mecca where the people-watching is fantastic from your beach blanket,...
07/19/2013 - 5:00pm
I sat in a meeting recently with a group of leaders from Wayzata Community Church who are assessing their community’s affordable housing needs. We heard real stories from Wendy, a director at Interfaith Outreach Community Partners which serves suburban Hennepin County families and individuals...
07/19/2013 - 4:53pm
My kids both slept at home last night. This might seem like a non-event, but for this mom who’s coping with the changes that come with having two teenagers, it was heaven. I relaxed in my bed knowing my children were only steps away. I knew they were safe. I slept more soundly than I have...
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...

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