Founded in 1985 by local churches who received many personal appeals for emergency financial assistance, BEAM was created to provide help in a coordinated way. Today the community support for BEAM has extended well beyond the faith community to include individuals, businesses, local organizations, and local foundations.


Mission and vision

Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry is a community-based organization serving low income residents in Jacksonville’s beaches communities and relying heavily on community support to assist our neighbors in time of need.  We envision a future in which no beaches resident goes hungry or is haunted by the fear of eviction.

They [BEAM] changed a chaotic and troublesome situation into a joyous one. Ben, my grandson that I’m raising, saw other people helping other people. That’s the way the world should work.
— Karen, BEAM care recipient

2017 wins

  • 749,394 pounds or $1,251,487 worth of food distributed to BEAM families; the equivalent of 624,495 meals.

  • More than 700 children helped with school supplies, clothing, shoes and supplies at Back to School with BEAM.

  • 421 volunteers dedicated 56,635 hours, equivalent to $1,334,320 in donated time.

  • $312,223 in rent, utility, and other assistance provided to qualified families at the beaches. Additional funds from Beaches Energy and Atlantic Beach Water and Sewer Department were distributed through BEAM.