Beacon Ministries Quick Facts
Phone: 618-222-8942; for assistance, call 618-222-8824
Address: P.O. Box 23468, Belleville, IL 62223
Email: [email protected]
Breaking the Chains of Poverty
- Unconditional acceptance of all persons;
- All individuals have the capacity to change and grow;
- Respect for all religious traditions;
- Honor and Foster volunteer action.
- To transform lives and communities in response to Jesus’ call to serve “those among us who have the least”
- To connect people in need to services and resources;
- To help people break the chains of poverty;
- Tp lead people to communities of faith;
- to partner with churches and others in addressing the deeper issues that contribute to poverty and hopelessness.
Resource Call Center
The heart of Beacon’s ministry. Assists individuals and families in times of financial crisis. Helps callers make a plan for handling immediate crisis; provides limited financial assistance; offers Beacon’s Life Coaching service to help improve clients’ financial management and income. Make connections to other needed community services including job placement. Call for assistance Monday through Thursday, 9:00 – 12:00 a.m. The Resource Call Center is staffed by volunteers. Beacon is always looking for those who would like to help out by staffing our Resource Call Center so that we could possibly extend our hours of service.
Beacon seeks donations of furniture in good condition to distribute to families in need. Furniture is delivered or picked up first and third Saturdays of each month. Requests for furniture are received through the Resource Call Center. Most requested are bedroom and kitchen furniture. Donations can be delivered to Beacon’s furniture warehouse at other times by appointment.
Life Coaching: Breaking the Chains of Poverty
“We have been known as an assistance agency. We are now becoming a service agency. Where we used to refer people to sources of help, we are now walking alongside our clients to encourage and guide them through the crises to insure their needs are met.” Beacon is becoming a blend of assistance and service. With the launch of the Client Assistance Fund, we have been able, for the first time, to give direct financial aid. But it is not a handout. It is part of a hand up, creating leverage to help our clients help themselves.
Beacon has changed from an agency that refers people in crisis to sources of assistance, to a place where people in crisis find support, guidance, and the offer to travel with them from financial dependency to independence. We have introduced Life Coaching into our continuum of service. Through Life Coaching Beacon offers help in moving beyond the cycle of poverty and repetitive crisis to full participation in the economy. We call this Breaking the Chains of Poverty.
Homeless and near-homeless people participate in a hot lunch and round-table forum on topics of concern to those attending. The purpose of the events is to build a support community among participants. The lunch forum meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month; second Wednesday at Trinity United Church of Christ in Belleville; fourth Wednesday at Union United Methodist Church in Belleville.
2015 Service Statistics
Resource Call Center: Calls Received…………..2,433
Relational Ministry: Number of People Served……………..180
Furniture Ministry: Deliveries………………156
Life Coaching Ministry: Number of People in Program………….17
Total Volunteer Hours…………………….3,260
Income Churches and Individuals…………59%
Organizations and Businesses…………….8%
Grants & Fundraising…………….18%
Client Assistance (Restricted)………….15%