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BEACON FOR HIM MINISTRIES
A LIGHT OF HOPE TO THOSE IN NEED

February 2015
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Our Mission

It all began with a strong nudge from God to reach out to the homeless. That nudge grew into a ministry with a driving mission to build personal relationships with homeless individuals, to welcome them into our lives, to get to know who they are, and to offer hope.

At Beacon For Him, we feel called to dig deeper than labels, to go beyond homeless people, street people, drug addicts, abuse victims, the mentally ill, and the poor. We offer services, like food and clothes, books, and connections to resources, but our core mission remains focused on building personal relationships, and loving people right where we find them. Because without personal connection, nothing else matters. If someone feels hopeless, or unloved, or utterly unlovable, how can they even begin to move forward? We are here simply to offer hope, to show homeless and at-risk men, women, and children that no ma
tter how worthless or broken they feel, we find them lovable. Even greater than all of that, we are here to remind them that God finds them lovable, too.

This ministry includes serving, but it’s about so much more. It's about shedding judgments and prejudice and allowing our hearts to open up to a group of people who are misunderstood. It's about seeing those who are invisible. It's about standing hip deep in the muddy waters of humility, grace, and suffering--and walking side-by-side with those who often struggle to stand. It's about falling in love with the marginalized, and offering the kind of relationship that makes HOPE take root. 

 

Love Never Fails

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast.
It is not proud.
It is not rude.
It is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered.
It keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.


1 Corrinthians 13:4-8

Our Needs

We have grown since our Monday soupline at Lincoln Park. Our connections, volunteer force, and partnerships have increased. Our services have increased. As a result, our needs have also increased. Our current needs are:

  • For our soupline Mondays and sack lunch Tuesdays: Cases of water, paper cups and soup bowls, plastic spoons, toilet paper and paper towels, Folgers coffee, liquid creamer, sugar, large jars of peanut butter and jelly, individual-sized cookies and chips.
  • For our clothes closet: Warm men's and women's shoes and clothing (especially men's XL jackets, and pants and shorts sizes 32, 33, 34, & 36), mittens, beanies, new socks and underwear, ponchos, umbrellas, backpacks and sleeping bags, and hygiene items including travel-size tissues, body soap/gel, shampoo, deodorant, Chapstick, lotion, feminine products, Q-tips, nail files, and nail clippers.
  • For our library: wood-framed, armless desk chair, faux leather loveseat, reading glasses (1.50-2.75), and books, including but not limited to mystery, thriller, devotional, specialty Bibles, and art books.
  • For daily operations: gift cards to Smart & Final, Office Depot, and Costco. If you'd like to make a direct donation, you can give online at our GoFundMe page, or mail or hand-deliver a check to our address: 439 Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA 90813.
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Meet James Bockrath

Otherwise known as "Jim B."

Jim B. is a regular visitor at Beacon For Him. He's been a longshoreman since the 70s, and though he's technically still a longshoreman, he's been inactive since '99, when he was struck in the face with a line drive at an Angels game, lost twenty units of blood, and nearly died. Jim B. is a quiet, kind man. He's often serious, but just as often, you can find him cracking a smile. He's a man with a very full and varied history.

Sit down at the table with him for a chat, and a little bit of that history will sneak out--like the fact that Jim writes poetry! Please enjoy his very clever and witty Valentine's Day poem below.

Valentine's Day,

by Jim B.
 
They say there is a special way to express the love within someone’s heart. For a start, it is an art to bring together two that are apart, with their union sought above the naught of what is bought, and then bought.


Candy is just dandy when something must be handy to satisfy the haste to have good taste, even though it could waste a good waist.

The elegance of fragrance is expressed in perfume for its compel to delight the sense of smell.


Giving jewelry may lead to revelry when the need for its display comes from chivalry.

Giving money to someone’s honey may look funny, but when took, may make a mistake become a day that's sunny.

The succor of liquor may affect the ability of someone to pucker.

The greeting card with its gleam, although it may seem fleeting, is hard to beat as being neat for it can defeat the absence of a meet.

To have chose to give clothes I suppose could be to expose someone’s woes above the toes.

To write prose or poetry with their right flows can dispel lows with their glows, if the writer knows what to propose.

To have food given is more than just liven out someone’s mood but could make some dude look fake if you were to take him for being crude, rude, or even lewd.

To sing a song to someone is to bring along that person to where (he or she) has to belong to you.

To play music for someone is to display grace for (his or her) ear to hear, and to endear someone to you who is near.

A bouquet of flowers often overpowers the sense of sight when presented and might be quite right if not resented.
 
If you are ready to be heady and show care with flair, but yet remain steady, there is the teddy bear. It can have its outward dress impress and may then address with its stare what we otherwise would not dare to blare.

Coming Soon...

We are currently working on building up our website. Expect to find lots of great information at beaconforhim.org very soon, like our hours of operation, a comprehensive list of the services we provide, our partnerships and connections, and lists of opportunities to volunteer and give.

We're also working on creating a Beacon Blog, a place where we will shine a bright light of hope on the human condition of homelessness. This blog will feature both homed and homeless writers and will feature articles, poems, short stories, and narratives.

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