Homewords, the Beacon blog

04/18/2014 - 3:51pm
Read 'em all or choose one. “What to do when someone asks for spare change,” by Monica Nilsson, director of community engagement at St. Stephen’s Human Services, The Journal, April 17, 2014 Why to read it: Because you wrestle with this question. What might surprise...
04/15/2014 - 4:48pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. This month, get to know Allison Johnson, congregational partnership organizer. (She's in the middle in the photo at right.)  How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? Three years.  Describe your job - not...
04/11/2014 - 4:04pm
By Marcia Evenson | Each year for Lent I put a lot of thought into what I can do to better focus on my relationship with God. That's what Lent is about really...refocusing ourselves in a new way. This Lent I wanted to shift my focus from the negative thoughts that creep into my head to a place...
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...

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