Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
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...

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