Beacon House

Beacon House is a community ministry program that serves at-risk youth and families living in Edgewood Terrace, Northeast Washington, DC. Opportunities for service include tutoring, donation of school supplies (see section below) or holiday gifts and warm clothing.

Mission: Beacon House provides children in the greater Edgewood community of NE Washington, DC with a safe, nurturing, life expanding community in which to increase their academic achievement, discover their talents, and to grow into healthy adults who achieve their greatest potential.

In 1991, UU minister Rev. Donald Robinson founded this urban ministry to help children and families. Although Rev. Robinson has retired, Beacon House is still actively supported by Unitarian Universalists in D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

As one teen involved with the mentoring program stated, “Beacon has not only given me lifetime mentors, but it has given me lifetime friends as well. Without Beacon House, I might not be on the correct path, optimistic, and surrounding myself with the right people.”

Beacon House provides greater equality of opportunity for youth through its many programs.

  • More than 150 youth, ages 5-18, come to Beacon House after school each day for a healthy meal, homework help, educational games, tutoring and age-specific support.
  • Young people participate in dance, music, creative writing, videography, bicycle repair
  • More than 300 boys and girls play for the Beacon House Falcons in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football and softball learning sportsmanship, discipline and team-building
  • “Camp Leap” provides six weeks of summer camp for 125 low-income children ages 5-13, combining fun with learning including reading, writing, math skills, sports, and arts enrichment.

Visit Beacon House on Facebook at Scroll through the photos to see smiling BH graduates, athletes, and young scientists at work.

School Supplies Drive: Blu School

The deadline for purchasing school supply kits through Blu School was Monday, July 20. Thank you to everyone who supported the Beacon House youth for the new school year!

Because our building is not yet open, we will not be actively collecting supplies at church.  If you have supplies to donate or if you have question, contact Marsha White.