Homewords, the Beacon blog

06/19/2015 - 10:57am
This month, meet Jacqueline Scott-Hopkins, Families Moving Forward program manager, pictured at far right with Lois Olson, left, and Sue Crabtree, center, both of Edina Community Lutheran church. How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its previous incarnations)? 1 year as of June 2,...
06/11/2015 - 5:11pm
Got a remodeling job to dot? Don't miss this: Better Futures Minnesota, our on-site service collaborator at Great River Landing, trains people to do construction demo and recycle materials – and here is a chance to buy those materials such as lumber, doors, plumbing fixtures. Their...
06/02/2015 - 12:19pm
By Laura Vitelli  It’s June. The start of summer. Warm sunny days are finally here. For many in my field, it’s also crunch time. Only 30 days left to fiscal year end. 30 days to get those final contributions to meet goals and make budget. I’ve been there—often...
05/27/2015 - 7:21pm
By Lee Blons, Executive Director I’ve been in a retreat series with leaders at Wayzata Community Church as they equip themselves to create affordable housing through the Beacon collaborative.   One of the main concepts that we discuss is the world as it is and the world as it...
05/20/2015 - 5:06pm
I’m at a party years ago and this guy I know, a high school acquaintance, takes a pretty condescending tone about low-income people of color in a particular neighborhood in our city. We’re in our 20s. He’s in law school. I’ve just done a year of volunteer service in a...
05/18/2015 - 12:20pm
In these last hours of the legislative session we’re happy to see that provisions that would increase funding for services to mitigate homelessness have been approved by the Senate and House. We know everyone’s exhausted. We know the competing claims make for tough prioritization on...
05/01/2015 - 5:34pm
We're sharing some creative images and ideas about homelessness, housing and community: A brilliant public campaign in the UK to raise awareness of youth homelessness, and to call people to help with a community-based solution.   - John McCarthy, TheDrum.com April 2, 2015 New...
04/10/2015 - 1:48pm
By Lee Blons  |  I’ve often shared the story of Totiana, a young woman I met a few years ago who ended up homeless here in Saint Paul. Her first night alone, she was approached by a man inviting her to become an “exotic dancer.”  Instead, Totiana boarded a Metro...
04/01/2015 - 1:48pm
By Kurt Keena | I was attracted to Beacon because of the work they (now, we) are doing in the supportive housing portion of the larger affordable housing spectrum. I'd like to share a few thoughts about why supportive housing makes a difference and why the Beacon model is effective....
03/27/2015 - 1:57pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature. Today, meet Mai Choua Yang, housing programs family advocate with our Families Moving Forward program. (She's pictured at right, with colleagues staffing a check-in table at The Journey Home.) How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of...

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