Recent statistics show that more than 3,600 people are without a home on any given night in the Houston area.* For these individuals and families, the impact can be devastating.
Established in 2007 by Christ Church Cathedral in the heart of downtown Houston, The Beacon provides a lifeline out of the dark for nearly 300 homeless men and women five days a week. The mission of The Beacon is to provide services that restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless. Beginning as a day center providing hot meals, access to showers and laundry services for this population, The Beacon has since grown to serve more than 10,000 unique individuals annually through its four core programs: The Beacon Day Center, Beacon Law, Brigid’s Hope and the Cathedral Clinic at The Beacon. These much needed next-step services provide pro bono legal services, case management and group therapy, medical and psychiatric care as well as access to housing assessments through the organization’s collaboration with “The Way Home” initiative. As a vital part of the citywide homeless response system, The Beacon is a central intake and assessment center for supportive housing options and effectively reducing homelessness in Houston.
Empowering Houston’s homeless
Volunteers are the backbone of The Beacon, carrying out much of the daily work in the Beacon Day Center. Our firm has enjoyed volunteering, serving meals, assisting with laundry and shower services, and greeting incoming clients. Providing financial support, our firm has been an underwriter of The Beacon’s annual fundraiser, Come to the Table, since its inception. This special night brings together Houston’s most celebrated chefs for an unforgettable 4-course meal set in the dining room of the Beacon Day Center.
*Coalition for the Homeless: 2016 Point-In-Time Count