Homewords, the Beacon blog

05/24/2013 - 1:45pm
“My doctor says I can’t participate in A Night on the Street unless I sleep inside because I’m getting over a cold. He says it will aggravate my asthma. But I really want to come because Don and I raised $616. It’s hard for people to turn down an 80-year-old!  And I...
05/14/2013 - 5:31pm
One Saturday, shy nine-year-old Lena paced outside my office door. I smiled and said hi as I entered and exited my office. Saturday afternoons at the Families Moving Forward Program Center are a blur of requests for laundry detergent, baby wipes and diapers, soap and shampoo for showers, the...
05/03/2013 - 3:30pm
It’s crunch time at the Capitol. Now would be a good time to contact your legislator to make sure our state's budget -- our moral blueprint for what we're investing in-- includes significant funding for services for the growing number of people who are homeless in our state,...
04/25/2013 - 10:48am
We had a beautiful surprise in the mail the Monday after A Night on the Street, our annual event where youth spent the night sleeping outdoors to homelessness. Longtime volunteer Virginia Ward had dashed off a handwritten note and sent it along with a check to support the efforts of the young...
04/22/2013 - 2:02pm
On Friday, April 19, 268 youth participated in A Night on the Street to learn from those who have experienced homelessness and to advocate for $8 million for the Homeless Youth Act. On a record cold evening they spent the night in boxes in the Plymouth Congregational Church parking lot in hopes...
04/08/2013 - 4:50pm
We are an interfaith collaborative. But what does that mean, exactly? It means we are better together at doing advocacy, shelter and housing to end homelessness. And it means our values are not limited to one faith, one congregation, one way of tackling the issue of homelessness and serving...
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...

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