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Be A Light Mission Service Center Inc

Reaching People...One Meal at a Time

New Port Richey, FL   |  www.bealightmissions.org

Mission

Our mission is to enable people to transition from poverty and homelessness to sustainable, independent living. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to help people through programs and services such as meals, recovery support, housing, and other measures that address the complexities and obstacles to live independently. We do not ask anything other than "Are you hungry?" and provide help as allowed.

Ruling year info

2021

Executive Director

Raenell Shirley

Main address

3725 Heron Island Dr

New Port Richey, FL 34655 USA

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EIN

85-3182486

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Lighthouse - Homeless Resource and Drop In Center

The Lighthouse is a homeless day shelter or drop in center operating in Hudson, FL. We offer free services to people at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness in Pasco County, Florida. We serve 40-50 people Monday through Friday where we host many of our programs such as food pantry, mobile showers, financial, and transportation assistance. Our partners provide services such as recovery support groups, light medical screenings, HIV/AIDS/Know Your Status programs, and housing placement.

Population(s) Served

West Pasco accounts for 64% of the total persons living below the poverty level in Pasco County, FL. For those receiving SNAP benefits, the maximum monthly benefit for 2023 is $281 for an individual. The USDA estimates the average monthly food cost for an individual ranges from $229 to $419. The benefit provided is not enough to meet current food costs. Additionally, many of our neighbors at the center are currently experiencing homelessness. They have limited access to food preparation, refrigeration, or storage. Local food pantries offer boxed meals with bulk items. Imagine being homeless, on a bike, carrying a 10 pound bag of potatoes and bulk frozen chicken. This leads to food waste among the homeless population. We offer daily, to-go meal bags tailored for people living in camps or on the street. Since the buses don't run on Sunday, we give double the portions in our weekend bags given every Friday. We also provide daily home cooked courtesy meals to introduce healthier options.

Population(s) Served

We partnered with the 6th District Court to restart and operate the shower program benefitting people at risk or currently experiencing homelessness in Pasco County, Florida.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders
Victims of crime and abuse
Out-of-home youth
Substance abusers
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders
Victims of crime and abuse
Out-of-home youth
Substance abusers
Economically disadvantaged people
Ex-offenders
Victims of crime and abuse
Out-of-home youth
Substance abusers

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Be A Light Mission Service Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/5/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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