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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 individuals that participate in out outreach and matching them to  appropriate, supportive options and services.

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 individuals 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 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.

Matthew 25 Program

Everyone needs a little help from time  to time. If you, or someone you know, needs assistance, we can help  locate the help you need, here, in our community.

"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 Beacon Outreach 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 Beacon Meal 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 services.


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.

Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted

John 6:12

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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. 

Want to help?

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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Chick fil A - Palmdale










Uplifting Drive

The Uplifting Drive is here! From September 1st to October 31th, we will be collecting bras, feminine hygiene items, purses and other items for women in need. 


In collaboration with Pattys Beauty Academy and other community members, we will collect and distributes donations of new and gently used bras, and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads to women and girls. Whether they are homeless, in transitional housing, or fleeing domestic violence, women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity.

Women and girls who find themselves homeless shouldn’t have to worry about finding bras, much less proper menstrual products. 


Yet they wear the same bra for years, potentially causing health problems, and each month have to make a choice between paying for meals or buying a box of tampons.

Every woman should have the ability to maintain her dignity! The Uplifting Drive goal- to restore dignity and self-respect to women in need.


The items will be sorted and handed out between the first and second week of October.

Drop Off Locations Near You - Trying to keep the post short. Each Location has different hours of operation. Please check with the one that is closest to you about their hours.


Pattys Beauty Academy
38733 9th St East Suite S,
Palmdale, California 93550

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The Uplifting Drive

What is the Uplifting Drive?

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Every year, we collect bras and personal hygiene items for women who are experiencing homelessness, or are living in shelters.

What do we collect?

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  • Bras any size!
  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • New Underwear 
  • Hygiene Items (Soap, tooth paste, toothbrush, etc)

By when?

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Every year we close off this drive by hosting an Uplifting Party!

This year the party will take place on 

October 13, 2019 

1PM-6PM

Volunteers needed

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Once the drive concludes we get together to sort and pack them, and get them ready to hit the street! 

How to donate?

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You can help us by collecting gently used bras or by donating directly on our website!

Want to help?

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if you want to get involved you can contact us.

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Help From The Comfort Of Your Phone.

Visit our Amazon Wishlist and items purchased will be shipped directly to our team. 


Find it here AMAZON WISHLIST

Donate to the Uplifting Drive