A Letter from Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative / Families Moving Forward

One of our fine traditions here at St. Edward’s is our support of many charitable social service agencies within the local and broader community.

Periodically, we receive letters from these organizations thanking us for our support and updating us on their good work. Below is a portion of a recent letter I received from Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative. Enjoy and be proud!

Summer blessings, Fr. Brian


Dear Fr. Fier,

I am excited and grateful that St. Edward continues to be part of the Beacon collaborative. The generous hospitality you extend to families experiencing homelessness through our Families Moving Forward program is very much appreciated. 

The start of a new fiscal year, July 1, provides an opportunity to look at what we’ve achieved together and to look ahead….Our Impact — In fiscal 2014 (ending June 30, 2014) you and other members of our network of hosting congregations served and inspired. You provided shelter and service to 41 families, including 62 adults and 103 children. Furthermore, your commitment and success as a congregational collaborative inspired congregations in Scott and Carver County to establish Families Moving Forward there. A new network of congregations started hosting families on Mother’s Day, becoming the only family shelter in Scott and Carver counties. 

We are now a network of more than 60 congregations with two program centers sheltering 12 families at a time. We anticipate that we will collectively assist more than 75 families this year to regain stability and find new homes. Thank you for your commitment to continue hosting this year. 

Budget essentials — Program costs: Our annual budget for Families Moving Forward program serving families through the Minneapolis program center is $740,000. Approximately $500,000 of this is for the shelter program (program center costs, professional staff, and transportation to and from hosting congregations each day). The balance is for the Families Moving Forward Keys to Success, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs. 

Program revenue: State and counting funding will support about a quarter of the budget; the balance, $573,000, will be raised from private sources. As always, we’ll collaborate to generate the necessary resources. I look forward to connecting with you this year about St. Edward’s financial support and how you and members of St. Edward can be involved….We’ll also need to collaborate in 2015 to rein in bus transportation costs which have increased significantly the past two years. 

Communication resources — I hope you have enjoyed reading about the successes of the families we’ve served together in the monthly FMF Bulletin…. you can subscribe by visiting our website at www.beaconinterfaith.org

Thank you for all you are doing to end homelessness in our community. I look forward to working with you.

Regards, Charlie Flynn
Chair, Hennepin Leadership Committee,
Families Moving Forward