Devoted to Helping Those in Need Since 1994

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
—Elmer Davis

UVBH - United Veterans Beacon House

The true character of a nation is measured, in part, by the honor of those who have served it well. United Veterans Beacon House, founded in 1994 and headquartered in Bay Shore, New York, honors those who have served to protect our nation. While most Americans pay homage on Veterans Day each year, the challenges faced by many veterans exist each and every day. As many veterans and their families strive to develop and maintain productive lives, Beacon House provides essential services to assist in the journey toward fruitful independence.

Beacon House provides housing in 42 locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. On any given day, over 255 men, women and children from the tri-state area benefit from programs that address homelessness, physical disabilities, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury, mental health issues and addiction. Non-veterans, too, have access to housing, drug/alcohol addiction services and job skills/readiness development programs.

For those in need of housing, Beacon House places each person or family in a home and program that best supports their individual needs. Of the 42 housing locations, 19 homes are for veterans only – one of which is dedicated exclusively to female veterans.

Non-veteran housing includes four congregate emergency shelters for homeless families and one home for non-veteran females in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. The remainder of our housing serves non-veterans.

Along with a safe and structured living environment, residents have access to supportive services, including:
• Case management
• Transportation for medical visits and appointments
• Coordination of all mental and emotional counseling, education and job placement programs and services
• Referrals to appropriate agencies for assistance with entitlements

Within each Beacon House residence, a community spirit is fostered among residents and staff. Indeed, many staff members are former residents, resulting in a compassionate and empathic environment. The goal for each resident is to develop coping skills that facilitate a successful return to independent living. With an 85% success rate and extremely low recidivism, Beacon House provides meaningful assistance to those who are committed to overcoming dire circumstances. The journey home starts with Beacon House

Our Team

EXECUTIVE STAFF
Frank Amalfitano
President/CEO

Jacqueline DeLeonardis
Vice President/Director of Client Services

Alexander Sawczwyn
Director of Operations

Patty Wilson
Controller

Tina Sferrazza
Director of Development

Doug Ruiz
Director of Housing

CLINICAL STAFF:
Edward L. Olsen
LCSW CASAC, I-CADC
Director of Beacon House Northport Veterans Residence

Roger Leathers
LMSW Program Director of East End Veterans Residence

Barbara Lubarda
Program Director of Single Male & Family
DSS Emergency Shelters

Anthony Albrino
MCH HUD VASH Case Manager

Wendy Holloway
LMSW – Social Worker

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OFFICERS:
Chairman:
Adam Wood, Esq.
Wood & Associates, P.C.

Vice President:
Jim Smith
Vietnam War Veteran, Army

Secretary:
Grace Mehl
Commander, USN (Retired)

Treasurer:
Steven Kahane,
Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.

MEMBERS:
Frank Amalfitano
President & CEO,
United Veterans Beacon House
Vietnam War Veteran, Air Force

David M. Barshay Esq.
Barshay Sanders, PLLC

Edward Fraser
Northwell Health

Rebecca Joseloff
Veteran, Army

John-Michael Peters
Merrill Lynch –
The Peters Group

Claudia Troiano
Trojan Powder Coating Co.

John R. Yancigay,
Captain, USN (Ret.)
DiCarlo Food Service

EMERITUS:
Donald Cakouros
Korean War Veteran, Army

Michael McGivern
Korean War Veteran, Army

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