Hosting Families Moving Forward at Both Campuses!
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
•The number of people experiencing
homelessness has increased 10% from
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 supplie s.
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@example.com
To learn more or volunteer at the Minneapolis campus, contact Steph at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathy at email@example.com
To learn more about the program, visit the Beacon Interfaith Housing
Collaborative web site: www.beaconinterfaith.org/what-we-do/families-moving-
Global Health Ministries believes that
every person, in every village, should
have access to a whole and healthy life.
GHM shares resources with Lutheran
Church partners in countries like
Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and
Central African Republic to support
and enhance their health systems
and mission hospitals. These health
programs serve some of the world’s
most vulnerable people.
Every month GHM sends a 40-foot
container full of medical supplies and
equipment overseas to an international
partner. Most mission hospitals
and clinics lack even the most basic
supplies. GHM Newborn and Hospice
Kits are assembled and bandages rolled
by congregations and groups across the
US, including at Bethlehem.
GHM is a volunteer-powered
organization. Most of the supplies and
even medical equipment are donated,
and processed by volunteers.
Volunteer at GHM
Every third Thursday of the month,
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Carpool leaves from the Bethlehem
Minneapolis parking lot at 10:30 am.
We help out from 11 - 2 (bring your
lunch if you’d like).
Join us to help receive, sort and
prepare donated medical supplies and
equipment for shipment overseas. All
ages welcome ... no medical experience
For more information contact Dean
Albrecht, firstname.lastname@example.org, or