Board Of Directors
Elsie Stearns, vice president
George Miller, secretary
Kathy Schwarzhoff Jayson Rider DanHanley
Mary Lou Martin
Deborah Hunter Bookkeeper
I know of an old proverb that goes “if you give a person a fish, you feed a person for one meal, but if you teach that person to fish you feed them for the rest of their life”. This is our moto at the Beacon. The word H.O.P.E. in our name stands for:
Our objective is two fold. First we work with clients to try and resolve their short term need or sometimes needs. To acheive this goal we draw upon not only our own resources, but we work in partnership with several other Pine Island and Greater Pine Island organizations. Also, we are a United Way House. This gives us access to partners beyond our immediate community.
Second we work with our clients to develop a pathway toward independence thereby enabling them to provide for their own needs. We have several programs to achieve this goal. (see “What we do” section of our website). They focus in the areas of education, counseling and mentoring.
It is only with the assistance from our donors, our dedicated group of volunteers, our caring employees, and with strong community support that it is possible for the Beacon to serve our clients in such a comprehensive manner.
You are invited to come and see us at our Thrift Store, The Center of Excellence (which is our school) and our Community Services Department.
President of the Board
Beacon of Hope
Jane’s Gift Fund
After 17 years the Beacon of Hope is finally in a financial position to start an endowment. And we did. How you ask? Here’s the story.
The Beacon originally came into being following the devastation our Island suffered as a result of Hurricane Charley. It was considerable. Immediately following Charley we were supported by organizations such as the Red Cross, FEMA, the National Guard, plus others both state, local and national. After a few weeks, these entities pulled out of Pine Island. Community leaders along with four churches, St John’s, Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Pine Island United Methodist and Fishers of Men Lutheran realized that members of our community were still in need of a great deal of help. They formed an organization called Pine Island Long Term Recovery. This name remained for a few years then morphed into Beacon of Hope Pine Island Inc which is the official name of the Beacon.
When the Beacon was started it was strictly a “community service” type of organization. Early on the Board realized that a sustained income stream was needed and the Attic, our Thrift Store, was started. It now generates about 45% of out annual revenues with the remaining 55% coming from donations within our wonderful Pine Island community, grants we have been award and our fundraising activities.
Fast forward to January, 2020. Our Board President at that time was Jane Bennington. She passed away suddenly. The donations that were received during the funeral were donated by her family to the Beacon. The amount was about $5800 dollars. So that this gift would keep on giving, at our Board meeting we discussed the possibility of starting an endowment in Jane’s name.
Then, COVID hit and the Attic closed. The funds were put aside. We did not know if they would be needed to support our community during those uncertain times. Fortunately, due to the generosity of our Island community, we were able to keep our Community Services department going without ANY closures and without turning way even ONE client who came to us asking for help. We are proud of this record.
We did not need to use the $5800. So, at our recent Board meeting it was decided to go ahead and start our endowment. The funds were placed with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation DBA as Collaboratory. The fund is called “Jane’s Gift Fund” for the Beacon of Hope Pine Island Inc.
We at the Beacon look to a bright future from Jane’s Gift.
President of the Board, Beacon of Hope.
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