For families experiencing homelessness, the Families Moving Forward (FMF) program from Beacon Interfaith offers hospitality, emergency shelter and a path to home with support for stability. The Minnetonka campus has been hosting families for many years and now the Minneapolis campus is planning to do the same! A team of enthusiastic volunteers is hard at work planning for this important step. Each campus will be hosting families for two weeks:
September 8-22 in Minnetonka
- December 22 – January 5 in Minneapolis
Why this is important?
- More than 10,000 Minnesotans experienced homelessness in 2018, according to a Wilder Research study.
- Nearly half are youth: 32% of homeless Minnesotans are children ages 17 and younger with their parents; another 15% are unaccompanied youth.
- The number of people experiencing homelessness has increased 10% from 2015.
How the program works
Families in the program spend their days at work, school and building skills at one of the FMF program centers. In the evenings, congregations provide families with a safe place to sleep, hot meals, activities and friendship.
How you can get involved
Volunteers are needed now to help with planning and gathering supplies. During the hosting period, it takes many hands to prepare and serve meals, make families feel welcome and lead activities. The Minneapolis campus will be hosting families during the busy weeks around Christmas and New Years – an opportunity to live up to our namesake (Bethlehem providing shelter to those who need it around the time of Jesus’ birth). Please plan to join in making this outreach effort a huge success!
- For details about volunteering with FMF at the Minnetonka campus, contact Sue at [email protected]
- To learn more or volunteer at the Minneapolis campus, contact Steph at [email protected] or Cathy at [email protected]
- To learn more about the program, visit the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative web site.