Beacon Successes

With ties to both Westminster Presbyterian Church and Plymouth Congregational Church, Penny Bond was among the first to get involved in Nicollet Square, helping to collect household items, build beds, host monthly birthday parties. “I was there the first day when they were picking out...
Garlicia was on a waiting list for a year to get into Nicollet Square. While staying with a friend, she called every month to check on her progress. One month someone from Nicollet Square called her to tell her she was second on the list. The day she moved in, she couldn’t believe she got...
Anastasia and Jonathan, parents of four young children, dream of owning their own businesses. For now, however, they're working to make ends meet -- and they're feeling fortunate to find Families Moving Forward on their journey from a substandard, poorly maintained apartment through a...
Stephanie loves her full-time job as a receptionist at the American Indian OIC. She is proud of how she's improved her parenting skills. She is proud she can provide for her four-year-old daughter. She is committed to her sobriety. But flash back a few years and her dreams were clouded by some...
Zara hasn't had an easy life by anyone's measure. Her journey from her native Africa to Minneapolis has taken some difficult turns including a divorce that left her with no husband, no English and no income to support her three young sons.  So Zara did what she had to do to support...
Dan
Dan loves to cook--Italian and Mexican are his favorite cuisines-- and now that he's living at Kimball Court, he has a new kitchen where he can practice his culinary skills. Before moving in, Dan had been homeless for four years. The strain of never knowing where he'd spend the...

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