Homewords, the Beacon blog

11/12/2013 - 4:27pm
We are not an office with a receptionist whose job includes answering and routing incoming calls. (There are days when we wish we had such a coworker…) Instead, a caller either dials someone’s direct extension or their call is answered by the first staffer who picks up. Sometimes...
11/08/2013 - 3:37pm
In a couple of weeks, the movie sequel to “Hunger Games” will hit theaters. As a huge fan of the novel trilogy and as someone who stated, “That was much better than I expected,” after watching the first movie, I am eager to see if “Catching Fire,” the sequel,...
10/28/2013 - 1:31pm
I’m holding a piece of blue tarp in my hand. I heard that last summer Streetworks Collaborative ran out of tents to give to young people who had no place to sleep in the western suburbs. So they started handing out tarps. How is this possible in our society with such abundance, in which most...
10/10/2013 - 4:36pm
As a student participating in HECUA—Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs --  I have the opportunity this semester to take a social justice class alongside an internship at Beacon with a focus on social change. My class is called Inequality in America. I am...
09/27/2013 - 2:33pm
I am a little obsessed with bags. I am always on the lookout for bags, totes and cases with many pockets so I can carry my things just perfectly. I have a lightweight, hardshell case that safely secures my Macbook Pro and allows space for a few work papers or magazines. I have thermal...
09/24/2013 - 5:39pm
“What you’re seeing is people who are mentally ill being labeled as criminals.”     --Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek  Stanek’s quote is from a recent Star Tribune article about the impact of untreated mental illness in the jails.   Our...
09/13/2013 - 5:22pm
What you need to know about ending and preventing homelessness, creating and preserving affordable rental housing and supporting low-income people with challenges to housing stability. It’s only with strong public will and a spectrum of resources that we will end homelessness in our...
08/23/2013 - 3:21pm
This summer I have had the honor of working with two amazing public policy interns. Matt Weinstein, a senior majoring in American studies at Carleton College, and Nick Leach, an urban studies major from the University of Minnesota, will have made Beacon a stronger organization when they...
08/21/2013 - 9:07am
As a summer intern at Families Moving Forward, I’ve had a humbling experience. I have learned how this program works while getting to know the excellent staff, and also how each family works hard to move forward from this homeless stage in life.   Many people have a schema that...
08/14/2013 - 4:59pm
Seems the Beacon staff is delving into the topic of race this summer. Here are a few selections from our reading list. More to come. It’s not surprising that Allison Johnson is doing her homework! She’s reading this book before hearing the author speak at a national conference this...

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