Homewords, the Beacon blog

12/16/2015 - 5:13pm
By Kris Berggren | At Ending Homelessness Together last month John Fritz shared his experience of homelessness starting when he was just 16. A tough family situation caused him to leave home and started a long period of drifting, “flying signs” on street corners, and repeated...
11/19/2015 - 4:56pm
We’ve had quite a few kudos from guests at Ending Homelessness Together, our annual fundraising lunch. The food was good, the parking was ample, the program ran smoothly. But the warm response wasn’t about how well-orchestrated things were (though surely starting and ending on...
10/22/2015 - 5:30pm
Two good articles about affordable housing - in the first, the Star Tribune reports that the Twin Cities' large health care systems are examining the links between housing and health.In the second, The Atlantic's Kriston Capps busts the myth that developers - even in high rent urban areas...
09/25/2015 - 10:07am
"I want to be very clear. We can’t find any social or moral justification,  no justification whatsoever for lack of housing,”   Pope Francis, Sept. 24, 2015, Washington, D.C. We could not have said this better – it reflects precisely our philosophy here...
08/27/2015 - 5:28pm
Sharing some very good reads on who needs housing - people in the suburbs, college students on their own experiencing homelessnes, and one-third of metro area renters who pay more than they can afford for housing: MetroStats, June 2015, Metropolitan Council report Poverty in the metro has...
08/18/2015 - 4:48pm
Meet Davis Parker, Beacon's institutional giving coordinator, pictured with his son, Ezra, at the 66 West Ice Cream Social in July. How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? Almost a year, though I have known about Families Moving Forward for much longer...
08/06/2015 - 4:07pm
By Jacqueline Scott-Hopkins | Last week, I opened the mail and had received six gas cards from Deacon Francis (St. Gabriel the Archangel) donated by an anonymous parishioner.  I raised my hand and gave thanks to the almighty and did my silly happy dance. It gave me such pleasure to be...
08/04/2015 - 10:58am
By Joy DeHarpporte | My husband John and I have worked twice a year to support families through the Families Moving Forward program.  Both my church - Prospect Park United Methodist – and my husband’s church -St. Frances Cabrini Catholic – were among those responding to a...
07/22/2015 - 2:01pm
By Lisa Surber | When we host Families Moving Forward guests at Christ the King Catholic Community, one ongoing problem is our lack of individual rooms to convert to private family bedrooms. Instead we have a large auditorium space in which we create smaller “rooms” for each family. We...
06/26/2015 - 4:27pm
A round-up of news and features about homelessness and housing. Photo at right by Jim Gehrz, Star Tribune. But first a pair of stories from CityLab, an Atlantic news source about urban life: What the Supreme Court's 'Disparate Impact' Decision Means for the Future of Fair...

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