Homewords, the Beacon blog

03/20/2018 - 11:12am
This is the April 2018 Monthly Home Update where we share what’s going on in the world of homelessness and affordable homes.   The core Twin Cities have pledged to do tackle affordable housing.  Former Minneapolis City Council person Steve Minn offers his own...
03/16/2018 - 8:10am
St. Patrick of Ireland has come to mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Most of these attributes emerge from tall-tales and Irish folklore – and American appropriation of Irish culture. But one piece – often overlooked – is very much true, and has a lot of wisdom to offer us...
03/13/2018 - 3:15pm
For years, I’ve been a volunteer at Freshwater Community Church in Waconia when they would host Families Moving Forward. I LOVE to cook! My family and I would plan out a tasty menu and serve on the day we were scheduled. Over the years, when other churches did not have enough people to cook a...
03/06/2018 - 3:32pm
Better Futures Minnesota is the service provider for Great River Landing, a 77-unit of homes for former offenders. We interviewed Thomas Adams the Executive Director of Better Futures about the barriers ex-offenders face and how Better Futures tries to pull this population out of a cycle of despair...
03/06/2018 - 10:12am
The United States has a history of institutional racism in our housing policies. We really need to talk more about it. Over 40 people gathered on February 27 at Living Spirit United Methodist in Minneapolis to share in “Unpacking Race & Housing,” one of many excellent sessions...
02/22/2018 - 1:45pm
This is the March 2018 Housing Update where we share what’s going on in the world of affordable housing.   As middle and high-end apartments are going up all around the Twin Cities, the Met Council wants to make sure there is affordable housing and is willing to foot the bill to...
02/15/2018 - 8:00am
You care about home. You want to make a difference. You know you can. Maybe what you don’t know is where or how to start. Welcome to Beacon Academy. Beacon Academy is a series of workshops designed with two goals in mind: to educate and to empower. Each course provides a different...
02/12/2018 - 4:27pm
Families come and go through Families Moving Forward.  Many times we hear about how our program has helped them, and even times when it has not.  Of course, we often think we know how families feel based on their reactions when they are walking out the door or even from their words....
02/08/2018 - 11:46am
Editor's Note: Lydia, Beacon's first residence is 15 years old this year.  Lydia is entering a new phase this year and we wanted to share a story from September 2017 to show the difference supportive housing like Lydia can make in the lives of people.    Omir’s...
02/05/2018 - 12:17pm
I have lived in 14 different homes in my 31 years of life. 10 different zip codes. Four states. Some of these homes were eagerly planned for over months of preparation; some of them had to be found with just a few weeks’ notice. A few of these homes stretched an already-tight budget, while a...

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