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The Beacon Program

Lighting the Path for the Antelope Valley Homeless.

 

The Beacon Program has been a vital partner in the efforts of local  housing organizations and agencies across the Antelope Valley and LA  County. Our goal is to assess homeless individuals and matching them to  appropriate, supportive, housing options and services.

I DON’T FEEL LIKE I'M WORTH ANYTHING” Hearing this from a homeless friend is heart breaking.


WHAT DOES HOME LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE ONE?

For  Michael, it was a piece of cardboard and a blanket behind a bush on the  14 Freeway off-ramp. For Henry, an abandoned warehouse, where he slept  on the floor with other crack addicts. For single mom Laura and her  8-year-old son, a dark, dank, rat-infested garage. Homelessness is  awful. And in the Antelope Valley, it’s awfully rampant. There are up to  4,000 homeless people in our community. 


While few of them find shelter some nights, many more are left on the streets. That’s  men,  women, and children living on the streets. Meanwhile, the number of  people in homeless families is on the rise. That’s not a pretty picture.  It’s not right. The SEF Beacon Program is all about restoring the  dignity and worth of our homeless friends — to help them transform from  the inside out. For good.

Every  day, the SEF team reaches out to our homeless community  with our Beacon  Program. The Beacon Program is a mobile outreach for families and  individuals who are experiencing homelessness. The Beacon Program  participants receive the following support:

  • Prepared hot meals
  • Washed and ready to use clothing
  • Groceries
  • Sleeping bags
  • New socks
  • Blankets
  • Travel size hygiene items
  • Eye exams & Glasses
  • Career, and life skills development
  • Assistance with government funded  benefit program enrollment process.

Additionally,  each participant will be offered to enroll in SEF Text Alert System, a  communication system developed to help our homeless community find  resources in real time.

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"Have a plate at our table."

The beacon program Provides fresh healthy meals in every outreach to the hungry on the go.

 

In the Sophia Elizabeth Foundation, we've committed ourselves to this  -- to provide healthier meals every single day for breakfast, lunch and  dinner.  An important step in rebuilding one's life is rebuilding  yourself and your body, which you can't do without nutritious and  healthy meals. Many of the families and individuals who come to our  Meals Program are already vulnerable from lack of access to a balanced  diet, whether because of food scarcity, or living in a food desert. The  meals offered are always a healthy mix of all of the basic food groups.  We offer many fresh fruits and vegetables to our guests so that they  have the same nutrition available to them that makes for healthy eating.

A plate & a place at our table.

We believe everyone has the right to have access to food.
Our Meals Program mission is four fold:

  • To provide a reliable source of food for those who are hungry
  • To support good nutrition through our meals.
  • To offer connections to other services.
  • To strengthen community through shared service.

Through our weekly meal outreach, we serve around 14,500 meals annually
People  of every background, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or  expression, religion, and of any age may enjoy the meal without fear of  being turned away.

Meals Are Made Possible by Caring Donors:

The Sophia Elizabeth Foundation’s  Beacon Program  serves more than 1,200 meals a month to homeless men, women, and  children and more recently, the unemployed who are doing everything  possible to make ends meet here in our community. We depend on the  generosity of caring donors to help meet the needs of people, many of  whom have nowhere else to turn. Your gift does so much more than provide  a nutritious meal.  It tells the person receiving the meal that you and  thousands of other people care and want to help them to overcome their  hunger and help them with other needs in their lives.


 

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Local businesses Making A Difference

Businesses Donating Food

"Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." John 6:12 (NIV)  Americans  throw away more than 25 percent of the food we prepare, about 96  billion pounds of food waste each year according to the US Department of  Agriculture's Estimating and Addressing America's Food Losses.  

 

By  redirecting unspoiled food from landfill to our neighbors in need,  restaurants can support their local communities and reduce environmental  impact. Non-perishable and unspoiled perishable food can be donated.  Donated food can also include leftovers from events and surplus food  inventory. The donating process is based on donors receiving economic  benefit through tax savings in addition to involvement with community  and corporate goodwill.  The  quality, wholesome prepared food donated from restaurants is a welcomed  addition in the total effort to eliminate hunger in our community – The  food is deeply appreciated by our Beacon Program which committed to  serving those who experience hunger. Our Donors understand that, when  prepared food is involved, a small amount at a time can rapidly build up  to make a big difference.  We  realize that operating a quality food service program takes time and  commitment, so we make the food donation Program our full-time job so it  does not have to be your full-time job. As a result of our  coordination, the donation process requires minimal effort by operations  personnel, and restaurant team members embrace the program. Our support  team is ready to handle all coordination and administration for your  food donation. This includes providing the ongoing follow-up and  monitoring necessary for successful implementation and growth. Not only  has the program benefited the donor financially, but also it has  benefited our communities and most importantly provided those in need  with good food that otherwise would have been wasted. The SEF donation  process furnishes detailed information that enables donors to maximize  their tax savings.  If you would like to learn more about how to get involved, please contact us. 

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If you would like to donate your business excess food or end of day food. Don't hesitate to contact us!

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