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]

Beacon’s Vision

Breaking the Chains of Poverty

Beacon’s Values

  • Unconditional acceptance of all persons;
  • Interdependence;
  • All individuals have the capacity to change and grow;
  • Respect for all religious traditions;
  • Honor and Foster volunteer action.

Beacon’s Mission

  • 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;
  • T0 lead people to communities of faith;
  • to partner with churches and others in addressing the deeper issues that contribute to poverty and hopelessness.

Beacon’s Services

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.

Furniture Ministry

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

Beacon is  a blend of assistance and service. With the Client Assistance Fund, we have been able 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 grown 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.

Center of Hope

Beacon has partnered with the St. Clair County Salvation Army to open the Center of Hope, a daytime drop-in facility for individuals experiencing homelessness.  Guests at the Center can enjoy a cup of coffee and a place to relax, a hot lunch, as well as the option of linking with other community services leading to getting off the streets and into a home.
The Center is located in the basement of The Salvation Army Corps Center at 20 Glory Place off West Main St. in Belleville.  Operating hours are 9:30-2:30 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays unless otherwise posted.

2019 Service Statistics

RESOURCE CALL CENTER
Families Served                      1,592

Furniture Ministry
Deliveries (178)        Value   $19,225
Donations (128)       Value   $13,525

Life Coaching Ministry
Total Coaching Sessions       95

576 Total Volunteer Hours
(Value @10/Hr)=               $57,600

Financial Support
Fundraising                 21%
Churches                      58%
Individuals                  21%

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

1.  Homeless Backbone Support Group
2.  Community Development Group
3.  Point in Time Count
4.  Homeless Action Committee
5.  Center of Hope
6.  Furniture to Those in Need