Grace Garden Update – Spring 2017

The winter growing season has been prolific! The cold nights and sunny days have given us a bug and disease free growing season. We have had a steady crop of kale, collard greens, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, peas and lots of fragrant winter herbs. Over the past few months we have been working on a new project, partnering with the City of Atlantic Beach, The Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative, Jacksonville University, and Atlantic Beach Urban Farms to bring a weekly farmers market to Mayport residents. Mayport has been identified as a “food desert” by the USDA; indicating a [...]

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Trey is a father of two young children and takes time out once a week to come volunteer at BEAM helping clients with food stamp and Medicaid applications. " I am relatively new to the BEAM family. I am honored to be the volunteer spotlight. Between balancing family life and pursuing a Master’s degree in social work in a distant learning program at FSU I would say I am a busy individual. BEAM makes it a point to put the volunteer first, which allows people with busy schedules to give back to their community. When you think life is too [...]

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BEAM Thrift Update – Spring 2017

As we begin our Spring & Summer season, please keep BEAM Thrift in mind as begin your spring cleaning. We are in the most need of: • Women’s summer clothing (tops, shorts, and shoes in particular) • Men’s shorts & shirts • Children’s shorts & tops We accept donations at the 7North location Monday – Saturday from 9AM – 5PM. Our trucks are available for pick-up of large donations such as furniture. To schedule a pick-up, please call Judy at 904-853-6246. ______________________________________________________ Shoppers came out in great numbers to help celebrate our 1st Anniversary Tent Event at the 7North location and enjoyed all the beautiful weather, [...]

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Letter from the Executive Director – Spring 2017

Dear Friends of BEAM, Spring is the season of new beginnings. Our gardeners plant seeds in Grace Garden, fresh buds bloom and the earth seems to come to life again. The timing of these changes varies depending upon location, and lucky for us, winter ended early because we have a busy 2017 ahead! 2016 was a year of adding facilities, staff and volunteers to better serve the community. With the expansion of our thrift operations to the new location at 7north, we are creating a sustainable revenue stream to help fund our programs. The addition of The Beaches Community Food Bank [...]

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2016 in Review

              Charles is a single father of a 3 year old son who is attending the new Early Headstart Program in Jacksonville Beach. When we first met him, he and his son were residing in a downtown shelter. His son’s mother had suddenly abandoned the child in New York, and Charles lost his job due to the time he took off to bring his son back to Florida. He was referred to BEAM through the Early Headstart Program. We were able to assist him with clothes and shoes appropriate for interviewing and connected him to a local business looking for help. [...]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Suzanne and Austin

“I was the first one of us to volunteer at BEAM. My neighbor volunteered in the front office one morning a week and suggested I come visit and see for myself. She asked me to fill in for her while she was away and I’ve been here ever since. I decided I wanted to also […]

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A New Way to Give at Year-End

Please consider the advantages of donating appreciated stock. A gift of stock not only helps the families we serve but may be a great tax-savings benefit to you. For more information please contact Susan King at (904) 241-7437 X1 or email to [email protected] Thank you for your generosity and support!!

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