Homewords, the Beacon blog

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...
02/19/2015 - 3:48pm
By Lee Blons | It is shocking for most people to learn that on any given night there are 4,000 youth ages 16-21 who are homeless on their own. Roughly half of those youth are in Minneapolis and St Paul. But the other half are trying to find a safe place to be in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park...
02/18/2015 - 2:45pm
By Kris Berggren | There’s an article published in The Atlantic circulating on Twitter about how Minneapolis, though “deceptively boring,” is a city that really has its act together. They actually call us a miracle, but you know I’m speaking Minnesotan here so I’...
02/11/2015 - 3:38pm
By Kris Berggren | Emails come regularly from people seeking housing or shelter. Each email is a little story with an ending yet to be revealed. These tiny narratives are full of human drama, heartbreak and hope alike. The writers are single adults, youth, parents. Pregnant women. People doubled...
02/03/2015 - 4:57pm
By Sarah Baker | As a student at St. Catherine University, I was required to take a course on social justice. I decided to take a month-long class on homelessness in the Twin Cities. One component of the course was community service work. I got stuck working with Michael Dahl at Beacon. The...
01/27/2015 - 5:14pm
By Lee Blons | Last Sunday Jim Gertmenian, the senior minister at Plymouth Church, preached his last sermon there before his retirement from active ministry. (He is pictured, right, speaking at our Ending Homelessness Together lunch last November.) I was honored to have been asked to...
01/22/2015 - 3:42pm
Our topic this month is income inequality in our country: what an uber-one percenter thinks about the topic; the growth in suburban poverty; the impact of child care costs on low-income families. Suburbs and the New American Poverty, by Alana Semuels, The Atlantic About 20...

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