Homewords, the Beacon blog

07/24/2018 - 4:06pm
Supportive housing can make all the difference in the lives of at-risk youth and young adults. Since 2012, the Beacon collaborative has worked on creating three residences for this vulnerable population: Nicollet Square in Minneapolis, Prior Crossing in St. Paul, and 66 West in Edina. While the...
07/24/2018 - 1:59pm
At 23 years old, Meisha and her 5-year- old daughter found themselves in need of shelter after their previous home burned down in a fire.  Meisha had a job through a temp service, but income wasn’t always steady.Past debts and unsteady income caused barriers in finding housing. Meisha...
07/17/2018 - 10:19am
Our monthly Affordable Homes Update includes links about gentrification, youth experiencing homelessness, the affordable housing shortage, a unique way to finance housing, and designing shelters for those experiencing homelessness. Let’s dig in! After decades of professionals choosing...
07/12/2018 - 9:07am
Believe it or not, the start of the school year is just around the corner, which means stocking up on school supplies. As a way to reduce financial stress for families, we are looking to create 200 backpacks (100 for elementary students and 100 for middle/high school students) filled with school...
07/05/2018 - 4:05pm
Volunteer leaders and Host Coordinators came together on June 12 to celebrate the successes and reflect on the work ahead for Families Moving Forward at the Annual Host Coordinators Dinner at Colonial Church in Edina. “We’re going to spend our time together reflecting on why we do this...
07/05/2018 - 3:39pm
The transition to shelter is often difficult for families as they enter Families Moving Forward. Adjusting to the program is sometimes only one of many changes the family experiences. Gina and her family understood this well when they came to our Southwest program in 2017. The family was accepted...
07/02/2018 - 2:40pm
The following was a speech given by Sakinah Mujahid, the Associate Director of Shelter Operations, at the Host Coordinator Dinner on June 12th. For those that do not know me I am, Sakinah Mujahid, Associate Director of Shelter Operations.  I have been with Beacon for almost seven years in...
07/02/2018 - 2:18pm
In our Collaborative Voices for July, we talk to one of our longstanding congregations in the collaborative, Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ in Minneapolis. Mayflower has long been a leader on social justice issues ranging from climate change to housing. We talked to Belle Scott, a...
06/28/2018 - 8:57am
When 120 enthusiastic people gather in one room, the likelihood of ‘fun’ erupting is very high. When congregations evoke card games and start playfully ‘seeing-and-raising’ the invitation commitment level of a congregation across the room, you know you’ve arrived....
06/21/2018 - 12:42pm
Hope you are enjoying those first days of summer! Here is the Homes Update for July 2018.   How much do you have to earn to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Minnesota? Do you think it’s $8 per hour? Nope. How about $10? $12? Not even close. The answer is $18.22...

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