Homewords, the Beacon blog

05/14/2018 - 4:28pm
Note: The following is a speech by Marcus Mathis, on staff with Better Futures Minnesota and a former participant.  He spoke at the Groundbreaking of Great River Landing on Thursday, May 3. Good evening everyone, my name is Marcus. I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to share my...
05/01/2018 - 4:02pm
During April 2018, Beacon collaborating congregations gathered at three separate locations in the Twin Cities to meet with state legislators. The point of the events was to vocalize our support for $140 million in bonding for affordable homes. None of these events would have happened if it weren...
04/30/2018 - 4:18pm
In our second Congregational Profile, we look at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth. The congregation is a fairly new member of the collaborative, starting with Families Moving Forward in 2017.  But in their short time, they have made a great contribution, including helping Cranberry...
04/26/2018 - 11:14am
Beacon, along with Better Futures Minnesota, will break ground on Great River Landing on Thursday, May 3 from 5:30-7p.m.  Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, the apartment homes for 72 people people at Great River Landing will also feature supportive services to assist the...
04/24/2018 - 3:28pm
The families who arrive at Families Moving Forward generally walk in under very difficult circumstances. As a team, we watch the families that once walked in with great needs and grave issues work hard and become determined to succeed.  The Mathis family joined Families Moving Forward in...
04/23/2018 - 3:52pm
FMF staff had the pleasure of hosting 46 7th graders from Global Academy on March 15. We were projected to have 20 students, but when the Associate Principal explained that they had an opportunity to visit an actual location more students jumped at the opportunity. I was super excited to have...
04/19/2018 - 1:31pm
Welcome to the May 2018 edition of the Monthly Home Update, which was formerly called the Affordable Housing Update.  This is where you can learn what is going on in the larger culture with affordable homes and homelessness.  On April 11, 1968, merely one week after the assassination...
04/12/2018 - 11:37am
By Tiffany Samuels The following remarks were given at the April 10 Northwest Metro Legislative Action in Plymouth, MN.   My name is Tiffany Samuels, and I know Beacon because I was a guest through Families Moving Forward.   Being homeless was incredibly difficult. Reason...
04/03/2018 - 10:18am
As an elementary English language teacher at a school that has an economically diverse student population, I see the impact of the lack of affordable housing on my students and their families. Just last week I was conferencing with a mother whose family will be forced to leave my district because...
03/29/2018 - 3:07pm
We are starting a new series of Congregational Profiles. Each month, we will look at a church or group of churches and see how they participate in the collaborative. This month we start with Living Spirit United Methodist Church. Located in south Minneapolis, it is a young congregation that is...

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