Homewords, the Beacon blog

01/29/2018 - 2:37pm
Here are some highlights of housing news taking place recently.   A new year means new mayors for both Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as new council members.  The Minneapolis City Council has dove right into the issue with the creation of a  Housing Policy and Development...
01/22/2018 - 11:10am
At 20 years old, Yakiana is working hard to regain stability for herself and her one year old daughter. She came to Families Moving Forward with her mother and sisters when they lost their housing and moved to the area. Quickly she and our case managers recognized she needed to find her own place...
01/19/2018 - 2:28pm
I’ve been a member at a local gym for a couple of years now. It would be generous to say I’m approaching any definition of ‘athletic’ in any capacity, but I do enjoy getting in to work out a couple of times a week. And, like so many other gym ‘regulars’ (again,...
12/26/2017 - 3:14pm
Here are some housing links for your perusal for December 2017. 1.Homelessness is up this year and it's being driven by the affordable housing crisis on the West Coast.  National Public Radio has a story on this.  CBS News placed the crisis in stark relief; an English...
12/26/2017 - 10:31am
4 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. …7 But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on...
12/19/2017 - 4:39pm
Three years ago, a third grader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie volunteered along with her parents during a Families Moving Forward hosting week.  This resulted in conversation at her home about people experiencing homelessness. Anna was moved to do something more to help. She came...
12/19/2017 - 10:10am
“If this doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger.” I’ve said this to a few families in Beacon’s Families Moving Forward program over the years. Recently, though, I felt I was just saying it to make myself feel better when I did not know what else to say to a...
12/12/2017 - 3:53pm
Unfortunately, homelessness doesn’t take a holiday. People are without a home on Christmas just as they are on the other 364 days of the year.  Every year, several Beacon congregations choose to offer shelter to guests on and around the Christmas holiday.  This year the hosts...
11/27/2017 - 4:01pm
During this time of year,  our hearts and minds turn to thankfulness. We’re so thankful for family and friends, food and shelter; for Home.  Thankfulness then deepens to gratitude. Gratitude for our loved ones and for the ability to forgo worry about basic needs. Gratitude for...
11/21/2017 - 10:20am
All people have a home. That is the theme for this year's Report to Donors. Looking over the past year, there were a number of achievements including offering stability to Omir, Kadijah, and Keith and Lisa and their children. With your support,  young adults settled into new homes and help...

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