Homewords, the Beacon blog

12/20/2012 - 5:26pm
On a single night in 2012 there were 633,782 homeless people in the United States, including 394,379 individuals and 239,403 in their families. At this holiday time, with thoughts turning to those seeking shelter from the cold and a young family that laid their firstborn in a manger because...
12/17/2012 - 12:00am
Rosie* sits in my office starring at her purple striped socks, her feet swaying in unison. She smiles shyly. "Shoes are important," Rosie, 11, exclaims. "I don't want mine to get dirty. I just got them." Hers are no special brand, just a new pair of low top red sneakers...
12/13/2012 - 4:05pm
You should really read this week’s New Yorker article about homeless youth. It’s focused on Samantha, a Florida teenager who left home at 17. She wanted to go to college but couldn’t afford it. She felt invisible and friendless, just coming to terms with her sexual identity as a...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Together with 7 Beacon co-workers, we spent a recent evening at the House of Charity, a transitional housing site in Minneapolis, serving as community volunteers for the 2012 Wilder Research Homeless Survey, a triennial statewide survey of people experiencing homelessness. The goal is to...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
I have supported causes in the past through giving my time in direct service. These have included serving meals to people who are homeless or people living in poverty and by leading youth programs in low income housing developments among other volunteer experiences. While this was important work,...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Numbers just released by Minneapolis Public Schools indicate a 1.3 percent increase in homelessness among Minneapolis children from July 1, 2011- June 30, 2012.   Among the statistics: 6,452 children in Mpls were homeless or highly mobile, up 1.3 percent from prior year. Of...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
We know how to end homelessness. Yet our communities simply haven’t prioritized public and private resources to get the job done. Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our congregations to participate in collective action that will...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
You know the feeling. You pull up to an intersection or a freeway ramp. There’s someone standing there near your window. The cardboard sign reads: Homeless and broke. Homeless, anything helps. Homeless. God Bless.   My reaction’s predictable: I glance over from behind my...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Two years ago, during a simple adult forum, our congregation was hit with this statistic: In Minnesota, every night, there are 2,500 unaccompanied homeless youth. 2,500. For years, we’ve hosted families in our Sunday School classrooms for a week at a time with Families Moving Forward…...
11/20/2012 - 2:21pm
Last week, I learned about a teenager—I’ll call him Carl—who is sleeping in his car in Bloomington. Carl moves his car every night to avoid attracting attention. For reasons he doesn’t want to talk about, returning home isn’t a good idea. It’s been challenging,...

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