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How The Beacon Is Helping Houston's Homeless, By the Numbers

This year's Come to the Table fundraiser is rescheduled (thanks, Imelda) for December 3.

By Timothy Malcolm December 1, 2019 Published in the December 2019 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Image: Chris Kuhlman


Chefs—including Bobby Matos (State of Grace, La Lucha), Ryan Lachaine (Riel), and Claire Smith (Alice Blue)—signed on to cook for Come to the Table, the major fundraising dinner for The Beacon, the downtown homeless advocacy and empowerment center


Inches of rain dropped on Houston by Tropical Storm Imelda on September 19, the original date of the event


Pounds of beef short ribs 44 Farms donated for Matos and Lachaine’s dish for the event; instead, post-Imelda, the chefs donated them directly to Beacon clients for a Saturday lunch.


Amount raised by the Beacon’s 2018 Come to the Table dinner, which helps the organization carry out its mission


Year Christ Church Cathedral established the Beacon as a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services for homeless people, making its home at the neighboring John S. Dunn Outreach Center


Percentage by which the rate of homelessness in the Houston area has been reduced since 2011, according to a 2018 study by collaborative homelessness-prevention effort The Way Home


Homeless Houston-area adults and children permanently housed by partners of The Way Home since 2011


Number of homeless Houstonians in 2018, per The Way Home


Percentage by which the rate of homelessness in Houston-area veterans has been reduced since 2011, per The Way Home


Days per week, Thursday to Monday, that The Beacon’s Day Center opens to people seeking food, a hot shower, clean laundry, and other basic services


Average number of clients who check in per day at the Day Center, each of whom is assessed for potential eligibility for securing permanent residence


Volunteer hours clocked at the Day Center in 2018


Hot meals, on average, prepared and served daily at the Day Center in 2018


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