Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
11/16/2017 - 2:05pm
By Dennis Sanders Here are some housing links for your perusal for November 2017. 1. Anne Mavity was head of New Projects at Beacon until August when she accepted the Executive Director position at the Minnesota Housing Partnership, filling the shoes of longtime MHP head Chip Hallbach. ...
11/02/2017 - 4:20pm
By Kadijah Parris There are many ways to measure the quality of someone’s life; by number of years, successes, or failures. For me,  it comes down to one simple word. Regret. Was it all worth going through? Was there anything you would do differently? As the child of a single...
10/30/2017 - 11:28am
By Danae Gilbert You can’t know what courage is if you don’t take risks.             Being able to share my voice gives me a newfound courage. Before defeating my own homelessness, standing on stage or watching myself tell my...
10/27/2017 - 3:50pm
At Beacon, our vision is simple: All people have a home.  No exceptions. All people have a home regardless of race, disability, sexual orientation, and religion. We live in a society that now believes that discrimination in housing is wrong. When I was a child, this wasn’t true...

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