Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
03/26/2015 - 11:20am
Families and youth experience homelessness in some of our country’s wealthiest communities – including many of our Twin Cities suburbs. Yet it is arguably more difficult to escape poverty and homelessness in the suburbs, because people feel pressure to hide their...
03/04/2015 - 4:08pm
By Sandy Braun, as sent to Sakinah Mujahid, FMF-SW associate program manager | Thank you for partnering with some of our youth in Scott County as they learned about homelessness right here in our county and perhaps broadened their views and opened their hearts. When my 12- and 14-year-olds...
02/25/2015 - 3:37pm
Meet the Staff is a monthly feature on the Homewords blog. This month meet Kristin Gilbert, Beacon's administrative and development assistant. [She's in front, in blue with sunglasses, at the State Fair with Beacon colleagues last year.] How long have you worked at Beacon (or any of its...

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