Homewords, the Beacon blog

03/27/2013 - 1:58pm
Eight-year-old Paris sweetly narrates an account of her family’s life in a shelter in this report on rising family homelessness by Minnesota Public Radio. Playdates are not allowed there, she notes. The family had to give away their pet cat. They live in one room, with Paris and her mom...
02/26/2013 - 5:19pm
On my way home from work, I might exchange pleasantries with the cashier at the grocery store where I stop to pick up some milk and eggs, or at dry cleaners where I retrieve the sweaters I dropped off last week. I don’t have little kids at home now, but a few years ago, a stop at their child...
02/22/2013 - 1:32pm
This week the Homeless Youth Act began its legislative journey. The House Early Childhood and Youth Development Policy Committee approved the bill (HF698/SF0565). It goes next to the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee.  We were excited to be part of a spirited pre-hearing press...
02/06/2013 - 4:19pm
A couple weeks ago outside the Senate chambers at the Capitol, a colleague introduced me to a lobbyist and a board member with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN). While I do not belong on two wheels, I have great respect for those who bike and bike well.  And, I am a fan of BikeMN...
01/31/2013 - 5:23pm
Frantic and anxious, Marilyn* paced back and forth in the foyer of the Families Moving Forward Program Center for nearly a half an hour on a usually lazy Saturday, cell phone glued to her ear. I can hear her side of the conversation; she sounds consumed with worry, fear and questions, lots and lots...
01/24/2013 - 10:16am
We’re glad, in a way, that homelessness made front page news last week. It’s time the public becomes aware that homelessness is an insistent and growing problem in our community. It’s a little ironic this major news story hit page one of the Star Tribune the very day after Beacon...
01/17/2013 - 6:18pm
We’re still riding high after Tuesday’s Acting on Faith event at The House of Hope Presbyterian Church. More than 200 people from 38 congregations and 44 House districts showed up. They shared stories and write messages to lawmakers urging funding the Homeless Youth Act with $8 million...
01/10/2013 - 1:52pm
I'm sharing these thoughts from Rev. Jim Gertmenian’s Epiphany Sunday sermon. He's the senior minister at Plymouth Congregational Church and a member of our board of directors. Here he offers insights for believer and non-believer alike. Rather than focus on the destination (the...
01/03/2013 - 4:18pm
  Turnout at the Families Moving Forward holiday party was impressive -- 30 families came, including more than 80 children. We were stocked with food, crafts, and presents for all the families that have successfully moved into permanent housing in the past few years. The mood was uplifting...
12/24/2012 - 12:00am
Last Thursday, Minnesota’s homeless community held its 28th annual Homeless Memorial March and Service.  We gathered to remember far too many homeless, formerly homeless, and homeless advocates who died in Minnesota this past year.  This year’s list was the highest it’s...

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