Nonprofit Spotlight: November 2020
Everyone is going through an inordinate amount of change and uncertainty because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this is exceptionally true for individuals experiencing homelessness. Since March 13th, The Beacon has continued its important work amid the pandemic, modifying operations in each of its program areas as necessary.
Most notably, The Beacon has been one of a few primary meal providers for individuals who are living unsheltered. On March 13th, the organization began providing meals outside of its Day Center facility in downtown Houston and extended its days of service from five to seven days a week. Two take-away meals (one hot meal and one sack lunch) were distributed every day of the week.
Over the summer, The Beacon’s meal distribution increased to more than 300% over the previous year. And while the organization was able to stretch its resources for more than six months, other service providers in the area resumed meal services and frontline staff at The Beacon witnessed first-hand the need for more one-on-one engagement with the clients. At the center, Jim Morgan who serves at The Beacon’s chaplain began seeing clients face-to-face on a regular basis with protective protocols in place.
As of Thursday, September 24th, inside meals, showers and laundry services are available for a capacity of up to 90 people per day, Thursdays through Mondays. In addition, in-person pastoral care is regular offering for individuals seeking respite and hope during these troubling times.
The Beacon’s civil legal aid services, housing assessments and navigation services along with case management and mail privileges have all continued in modified fashion.
We are grateful to the many volunteers and supporters who have helped us continue these important services during the pandemic and we humbly ask for continued financial support, volunteer time and prayers.