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ABOUT BEAM

 

Our mission is to provide emergency assistance and a path to economic stability.

Founded in 1985 by representatives of local churches who received many personal appeals for emergency financial assistance, The Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, or BEAM, was created to provide help in a coordinated way and to prevent duplication of services. Today the community support for BEAM has extended well beyond the faith community to include individuals, businesses, local organizations, and local foundations.

We envision a future in which no Beaches resident goes hungry or is haunted by the fear of eviction. We are a community-based organization serving low income residents living in Jacksonville’s beach communities and serve residents of the following zip codes; 32233,32266, 32250, 32082, 32224, and 32227 and rely heavily on community support to assist our neighbors in times of need. To prevent homelessness, we provide emergency assistance to cover overdue rent and utility payments. To help families struggling with food insecurity, we operate two client-choice food pantries; one in Jacksonville Beach and one in Mayport. Our 6,500 SF “Grace Garden” supports our pantry operation by supply several tons of fresh organic produce to our pantries each year.

In addition, we offer nutrition education, assistance with applications for SNAP benefits and Medicaid and case management for single mothers working to break the cycle of poverty. Our seasonal programs include Back To School with BEAM, providing school supplies to local families, and other services such as Thanksgiving food. We also collaborate with many other service providers to ensure that clients receive coordinated guidance toward self-reliance.

 

BEAM At a Glance 2015

(January through December 2015)

  • 18,580 adults and children helped
  • 533,196 pounds or $906,433 worth of food distributed to BEAM families: the equivalent of 444,330 meals
  • 855 Children helped with school supplies, clothing, shoes and supplies at Back to School with BEAM
  • 256 tax returns prepared for $422,212 in refunds along with $58,478 in saved tax preparation fees for a total of $480,690 returned to the local economy
  • $232,936 in rent and utility and other assistance provided to qualified families at the beaches; more dollar$ into the local economy. Additional funds from Beaches Energy and Atlantic Beach Water and Sewer Department distributed through BEAM
  • 35,475 Dedicated volunteer hours: $766,615 in donated time.

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