UNITED VETERANS BEACON HOUSE
BAY SHORE, NEW YORK
of NY UVBH Houses
United Veterans Beacon House, Inc., hereafter known as Beacon
House, is a not-for-profit charitable organization established in
1994. The mission of Beacon House is to provide affordable housing
to homeless Veterans. These homes are all drug and alcohol free and
open to veterans who have honorably served their country. Beacon
House is not supported by any Federal, State or local agency and
raises funds under Chapter 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The
agency is an active member of the National Coalition for Homeless
Veterans and the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless. Beacon
House works closely with the United States Department of Veterans
Affairs hospital in Northport Long Island and with other VA
hospitals in the region. Additionally there are affiliations with
Suffolk County agencies, specifically with the Department of Social
Services. A job training agreement with the Suffolk County
Department of Labor is in place. Beacon House provides, through
linkage with local services, all the necessary supports for a
veteran to make the transition from being homeless to living
independently and productively in the community. It also provides
permanent housing and support services for veterans over age
sixty-two as part of its mission.
Beacon House is currently providing transitional housing for
veterans who are homeless – many suffer from PTSD and/or substance
abuse. Beacon House operates an emergency shelter for women and
children. There is also alternative housing for veterans and
non-veterans who are in recovery and have completed a PTSD program
or a substance abuse program. In total Beacon House provides
seventy-eight beds for veterans and thirty-seven for non-veterans.
Properties are either owned or leased with capital leases (to
Pantry: Beacon House has a main food pantry at its headquarters
(1360 Fifth Avenue, Bay Shore, NY) and satellite pantries in several
of its residences in order to meet the nutritional needs of its
clients. Over one hundred people a week are consumers of our food
pantries. Beacon House also provides food delivery service for
homebound elderly clients.
The Beacon House Thrift Store is located at headquarters (1360 Fifth
Avenue, Bay Shore, NY). It provides Veterans with vouchers for food,
clothing and furniture. The Thrift Store provides employment for a
group of veterans and generates needed funds that support ongoing
A professional team of state licensed counselors/clinicians
respond to any crisis situation in a Beacon House residence 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
Beacon House assists veterans who are seeking employment. Writing
resumes, preparing for job interviews and discussion of what is
expected in the early days of new employment are essential
components of employment counseling. Beacon House has created
employment opportunities for veterans at its shelter, the Thrift
Store and other programs. Veterans who are in residence often
volunteer their services for Beacon House projects.
Beacon House assists veterans with educational endeavors. A computer
training program has been initiated by Beacon House.
Beacon House transports veterans to and from appointments (medical,
employment, interview, social gatherings). Beacon House has its own
transportation vehicles and also transportation vouchers reimburse
out of pocket money of veterans.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Volunteers are needed in all aspects of Beacon House operations.
Please call 631-665-1571.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to United Veterans Beacon
House, Inc. Donations of food, clothing, household items and
vehicles are also welcome.
Board of Directors:
The current Board of Directors has served since January, 2000:
Donald Cakouros, Joan Heffern, John F. King, Rev. Frank LaPenna,
Michael McGivern, Brother Jack Moylan, O.S.F.
Frank Amalfitano, President and CEO; Jacqueline DeLeonardis, Vice
President; Fred Brown, Treasurer
James Rogers, Director of Housing; Lydia Gallone, Food Service
Manager; Charles Comerford, Sr., Housing Manager; John Kaulinis,
Transportation; Jean Heavey, Emergency Shelter Counselor.
United Veterans Beacon House
59 North Clinton Ave
Bay Shore, NY 11706
of NY UVBH Houses
United Veterans Beacon
House, Inc. is proud to be supported by
the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Incorporated.