COVID-19 Update: 9/17/2020

COVID-19 Update: 9/17/2020

BEAM Protects Over 1,000 Families from Experiencing Homelessness since COVID-19 Disruptions Hit First Coast

Since eviction and utility moratoriums were lifted, BEAM has seen a significant influx of new clients in need of emergency rent and utility assistance to avoid homelessness and electricity shut offs.

Last calendar year, the organization provided assistance to 1,004 households. From just COVID-19 related layoffs and disruptions alone, BEAM has assisted more than 1,100 households with emergency financial needs from April to August. This represents a 300% increase over the same months last year.

In May, BEAM organized the Keep Their Homes Campaign, raising more than $100,000 to meet the increased demand in rent and utility requests although designated funds are now depleted.

The Jim Moran Foundation has partnered with BEAM to provide an additional COVID-19 relief dollar-for-dollar challenge grant up to $25,000 to continue to meet the unprecedented demand for emergency financial assistance among beaches area families and workers.

As of September 16, donors have stepped up to provide more than $22,000 towards this cause. For more information, visit

“After I picked up my groceries from BEAM’s Jacksonville Beach Pantry, I received a follow-up phone call offering help with my mortgage and electric bill,” said Joann, Emergency Financial Assistance Client. “This is the first time that I found myself in the situation so desperate that I had to reach out for help.”

Other highlights include:

  • Distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food to families and partners in need last month

  • Supplied food to our partners at the Jacksonville USO, Beaches Community Kitchen, Betty Griffin Center, Mission House, Feeding Northeast Florida, Hubbard House, St John the Baptist Catholic Church and Chabad at the Beach

  • Conducted weekly check-in calls to 85 seniors to ensure safety and comfort

  • Delivered pre-packaged groceries to seniors in need of food

  • Continuing to provide case management virtually to Single Parent Program participants and nutrition counseling to Paths to Wellness clients with chronic diseases

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On Saturday, August 1st over 900 students and their families came through our first ever “drive-thru” Back to School with BEAM event at Neptune Baptist Church.

Participants stopped at stations manned by volunteers receiving school supplies, backpacks, READUSA books, undergarments, clothing/shoe vouchers and snacks in a “drive thru” style.

This has been one of our largest turnouts to date!

 My family has been coming to Back to School with BEAM for the last three years. I am a teacher for the 32233 area code and I have six awesome kids, but it’s tough being a family of eight. Community organizations and volunteers like BEAM make sure my kids have everything they need for school. You promoted literacy by donating books, promoted the importance of eating together as a family and even provided support at the holidays. You have helped my family in so many ways.” – Mrs. Watson 

Thank you to the volunteers and partners who helped make this year’s Back to School event a huge success for our families!

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