Homewords, the Beacon blog

06/05/2017 - 4:04pm
All of the young adults who will make 66 West their new home will bring baggage with them.  Most of the time it's the physical baggage they carry that holds all of their worldly possessions. But sometimes it can also include the baggage that you can't always see- the baggage...
06/01/2017 - 1:47pm
Father Kevin Clinton is the Pastor of the New Prague Catholic Community in New Prague, Minnesota.  At the May 16 Convening event, he shared why creating homes is important from a Catholic perspective. This is the first in a series of blog posts from religious leaders sharing what it means to...
05/25/2017 - 2:07pm
The following are exerpts by Rev. Dr. James Gertmenian on the 10th anniversary of Heading Home Hennepin on March 29, 2017. It’s wonderful to be back with you all again!  It seems like yesterday that many of us were meeting over at Plymouth Church to devise the ten-year...
04/18/2017 - 11:38am
This letter from one Nicollet Square tenant to another is framed and hanging on a wall there. It's full of what all young people need at home--- warmth and practical advice.   Dear new Resident, Welcome home and take advantage of your resources. They are here to help you get on...
03/29/2017 - 1:10pm
“What would you do if you became homeless?” is a difficult question to pose to a room of 300 youth, but FMF program manager Sakinah Mujahid and I did just that. We joined the youth program, Living Waters at Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church for their Wednesday night programming....
03/22/2017 - 1:15pm
Last month, I learned that no matter the age or background, anyone can be an advocate. Beacon Day on the Hill began in a Lutheran church basement with excitement, nerves, and a healthy amount of confusion. Despite being a designated “team leader,” I was as nervous as the rest of the...
01/26/2017 - 11:47am
By Terry Brown  |  A typical afternoon at the Families Moving Forward program center is quiet, and the center is relatively empty because the children are either in school or daycare and their parents are likely working. Perhaps some guests would be searching for employment on the...
01/12/2017 - 11:59am
Hearings are taking place today regarding the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Here’s a little more about Carson and what housing experts think of him as possible HUD secretary: 1. It's Not Necessarily a Bad Idea to Have a...
01/04/2017 - 10:12am
We're sharing a few great ideas related to housing policy, affordability and income inequality that's at the root of the housing crisis: 1. The Case Against Everyone’s Favorite Tax Break: The Mortgage Interest Deduction, by Alex Mayyasi, Priceonomics.com Is it time for...
12/15/2016 - 5:57pm
By Lee Blons  |  Some in our collaborative may be feeling stressed about the shifting political climate in Washington. Well, there are some things we just cannot control. However, we can focus our attention closer to home on the values we share. It is a good time to come together...

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