Homewords, the Beacon blog

09/25/2017 - 2:08pm
  This fall, Beacon is introducing our new Strategic Framework. This Framework is our hope for the future, our dream for all people, our prayer to our God. It starts with this vision: all people have a home. We believe it's important that all people have a home because...
09/19/2017 - 10:08am
When Laura Vitelli called me last week to ask if I would speak tonight, she said, ‘Help us think about why we do what we do in Beacon from a perspective of faith’ (and do it in 5 minutes!!).  And my first thought was, based on our faith, how can we NOT do what we’re striving...
09/07/2017 - 4:16pm
By Anne Mavity   It was 1999 and I received a phone call from some folks at Plymouth Congregational Church. They were asking for assistance to possibly purchase a boarded up nursing home across the street from their church, and wondered if I might help them to understand the financing as...
09/05/2017 - 4:05pm
Omir’s life changed in an instant when his wife and children were killed in an accident. After the loss of his family, Omir wanted to die. “Sometimes people take the wrong path or the wrong people,” he said.  During this dark time, he returned home to Minnesota  and a...
08/15/2017 - 10:16am
At first glance, Tammi Lewis is an unlikely person to be homeless.  She makes a good salary  as a nursing assistant.  But, she also has two evictions on her rental history which kept her from finding a home.  It didn’t matter that she was able to make the required double...
08/10/2017 - 2:33pm
​ The following is a speech given by Danae, a tenant of 66 West during the August 3 Grand Opening celebration.   I’m Danae and I’m 19 years old. I was born in Minneapolis, MN. I bounced around the Twin Cities the majority of my life before I found my home at 66 West. I’...
08/01/2017 - 2:40pm
The following is an article that appeared in the July issue of Connect, the newsletter of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Minnetonka.   By  Pastor Bob Wertz We continue to be extremely grateful to members in both Minneapolis and Minnetonka who have recently donated...
07/20/2017 - 4:46pm
By Joel Bergeland The following article originally appeared on the blog of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Plymouth on July 14. A booklet has sat on my desk for several months called “Home is…” It was given to me by a staff member of Beacon Interfaith Housing, the parent...
07/20/2017 - 11:28am
My family lives about 12 miles from the church that we attend – Edina Community Lutheran Church.  When my daughters were quite young and they were restless when driving to church, we would play a game that we called – Count the Churches.  It was amazing how many churches they...
07/11/2017 - 9:57am
The following article appeared in the May 2017 issue of Inspire, the newsletter of Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN.  Wayzata Community is one of a number of West Metro congregations working to make Cranberry Ridge possible. Were you aware that there are now more homeless people in...

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