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Board Of Directors

Jane Bennington, president
Caryle Regan, vice president
George Miller, secretary
Bill Moreno, treasurer
Carlyn Herring
Elsie Stearns
Tom Feurig
Doug Kruger
Lucy Garcia
Barbara Riordan

Nancy Buthman
Ray West

President’s Message

Dear Fellow Pine Islanders,
Summer has arrived and the Beacon of Hope continues to shine.
Earlier this month we received an award from the United Way thanking us for all our hard work in our community. As a United Way House we were excited to be honored and continue to be a part of such a great organization.

On June 20th, the Beacon hosted an Open House to celebrate our GED graduates. The band Strange Arrangement played which was greatly appreciated and a wonderful time was had by all. A special thank you to the Pine Island/Matlacha merchants who contributed to the fantastic gift basket.

In April we expanded our transportation program. A “new to us” bus was purchased and we endeavored to begin a bus route 3 days a week transporting Pine Islanders to Winn-Dixie, Pubix and other essentials. . We were able to begin this program thru two generous grants; one from the Huffer Foundation and the other thru the Franklin Foundation. Unfortunately as of August 30, the Beacon found it necessary to suspend the new program except for medical appointments and treatments. We are busy applying for Grants and funding. The Beacon has a better grasp of what is needed based on our 4 months of experience and how best we can respond long term. In consultation with other Pine Island organizations, we will explore how best those expanded services can be funded and supported. We hope to communicate our plans later this fall.

Our Beacon Bites program (formerly Meals on Wheels) is providing meals for an average of 22 people daily. This program is a big undertaking and continues to be a success. A special thanks to Pine Island Pizza, Froggys, and Island Grill for donating meals one day a month. Also, thanks to St John’s women’s group who donate dessert treats one day a week to our program.
In July we are kicking off what we hope to be a permanent kid’s program called Healing Stitches. It was a super success last summer and I’m sure will prove to be one again.

The Beacon of Hope is here for you and our community. Come in and check us out. The Thrift Store is a treasure just waiting to be discovered. There are many ways to volunteer at the Beacon whether it’s for Client Services, mentoring a student, working at the Attic (thrift store), or delivering Beacon Bites to name a few. Come and be a part of our success.

And, one final word to our generous donors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. So many individuals and organizations on the Island and Matlacha have contributed to our successful continuation. You make the difference.

Sincerely,
Jane Bennington
President of the Board
Beacon of Hope.

Jane Bennington,

President of the Board, Beacon of Hope.

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