Bonds that Build Homes Join our 2018 Legislative Campaign, “Bonds that Build Homes.”


As important as it was to gain the Council’s approval, we still have work to do. Beacon is working hard to secure public funding for Cranberry Ridge, and the timing of that funding will depend heavily on the outcome of the state bonding legislation which is up for vote in the current session. The governor has recommended $1.5 billion in total bonding with $110 million earmarked for housing infrastructure. This is a lot of money, but the need far exceeds this request. The Homes for All Coalition, made up of affordable housing advocates, is recommending that $140 million be spent on housing infrastructure. Beacon staff and volunteers have been visiting with legislators to lobby for their support, urging them to vote for the $140 million request. 

As a part of that effort, Beacon has invited legislators to attend any of three legislative action meetings in the Metro area which will give them an opportunity to meet w

ith constituents to voice their

 support and to offer their views on the need for more affordable housing. The response to the meeting requests has been good, and we expect to have 3-6 local legislators attending each meeting.
As was the case with the City Council meetings, your presence is critical. Legislators value the opportunity to meet with constituents and it is our duty to hold them accountable. Listed below are the dates and times for these meetings. I urge you to attend at least one of these. You do not have to b

e a constituent in the meeting location to attend. For more information, and to register, please go to If you prefer, I would also be happy to register you. There will also be more information at our table in Founders Hall on April 8th.
April 10th, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth, 7-8 PM
April 15th, First Universalist Church, Minneapolis, 3-4 PM
April 22nd, Good Shepherd, Chaska, 3-4 PM
Thank you again for your ongoing interest and support for this important work. Together, we can make a difference!

January Blankets, Mittens & More Drive


Each year in January, WCC collects blankets for people who have to sleep on the floor at the Salvation Army due to overcrowding. Last year we collected almost 600 blankets with your support and we will continue this effort this month.

This year, we would also like to help over 300 students who are experiencing homelessness— with gloves/mittens and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene items.

The Minnesota Internship Center is an alternative project-based high school that serves youth between 15-20 years old.  Many of the students had to make the hard choice to either go to school or go to work to help pay rent and bills for their families.  MNIC tries to bridge this gap by offering paid internships so students can get their high school diploma and contribute to their families’ financial needs.  For youth who have fled abusive or nonexistent households, the internships equip them to enter the workforce with real skills and trades. MNIC and HSRA also teach their students important life skills to help them become autonomous and self-sufficient.  

You can help by giving blankets, gloves/mittens and hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and feminine hygiene items during the month of January. Please place your donations in each of the green buckets located at all WCC entrances this month.

This winter, EVERY donation counts. Please help us fill all our buckets to overflowing so that those who are so young, and cannot exist on what they earn, can stay warm and healthy during the cold months ahead.

Read more about the Minnesota Internship Center at

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2017 Mission Festival Wine Tasting Sunday, November 19 4:00-6:30 p.m. at 6Smith in Wayzata


“Building Community”
2017 Mission Festival Wine Tasting
Sunday, November 19
4:00-6:30 p.m. at 6Smith in Wayzata

How can you enrich the lives of 39 families, be an education mentor to children, help build a safe space for a community, AND eat out-of-this-world cuisine and taste outstanding wines? Come to the Mission Festival Wine Tasting at 6Smith to help complete funding to build a new community room at Kimberly Meadows that will allow more children to receive educational assistance and mentoring, and provide a safe meeting place for those who live in this affordable housing development.

We’ll also have a silent auction, open bidding for theme parties and much more! Ticket price of $50 includes, wine tasting (21 and over), food that is paired to go with the wine tasting. Tickets purchased online prior to the event will receive a free gift bag with complementary bottle of wine.

Interfaith Outreach and WCC have been working as a team on this program for over 10 years, and at Kimberly Meadows for 6 years, providing monthly community meals and educational mentoring to the children of this community in Plymouth. An expanded community room will provide more space to teach children and open program opportunities for the adults in this development.

Tickets go on sale November 1. Buy them online or at the door for $50.00 each. Ticket price includes wine tasting, a beautiful buffet provided by 6Smith, music, and a host of parties, food and fun. Call or email Lou Vlahos ( or 612.850.5178) for more information.