Beacon House is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreation, and nutrition programs to at-risk, low-income children, ages 5-18, who reside in and around the Edgewood Commons community in Washington, D.C. Individually and collectively, over many years, Paint Branch members and friends have been involved with Beacon House in many ways. Currently PBUUC is one of several Washington Metropolitan Area UU churches working to support this worthy organization.
Beacon House’s mission is to help at-risk youth to identify and pursue educational objectives that result in college or vocational training and, more generally, to prepare them for productive involvement in their community and society. Beacon House’s goal is to lift as many children as possible up and out of their often difficult circumstances..
Beacon House was founded in 1991 by Rev. Donald E. Robinson, a UU minister, in response to an overwhelming need for social service programs for youth in what was once a drug and violence-plagued community. Beacon House began operating out of a donated basement apartment. Over the years, Beacon House has grown into a professionally run organization that operates out of two, 6,000 square foot spaces within the Edgewood Terrace apartment complex. The program employs nine full-time and more than a dozen part-time staff who, in turn, manage dozens of volunteers, partnerships with complimentary not-for-profit programs, and an array of programs that nurture hundreds of children a year. While most of the youth reside in and around the Edgewood Terrace neighborhood in Washington, D.C., no child is turned away.
Beacon House has been chosen from a field of nearly 250 applicants as "one of the best small charities in the Washington DC Region" by reviewers for the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. Whether you would like to work on the gift drive or help a young person in some other way, Beacon House will welcome your assistance. Volunteers are always needed during weekdays, after school and on weekends. For more information, send an email to SAC@pbuuc.org.