Beacon House CEO, Frank Amalfitano attended TWF’s Annual Harvest Night on October 2nd, where he received a $2,000 grant to help provide veterans residents with proper sized garments. Beacon House was among 30 Long Island non-profits who received grant funding from the TWF. We want to thank them for their continued support.
Tuesday, July 2nd, we kicked off 4th of July week with the United Veterans Beacon House Annual Independence Day BBQ. More than 100 people gathered together to enjoy an afternoon of great food and fun in celebration of the veterans we serve.
There were Beacon House supporters on hand to share in the festivities, including local elected officials, board trustees, community partners, supporters, and staff members. We were honored to have the very talented Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi on hand to entertain our veterans singing classics like “take a load off Annie” and “horse with no name.” It was beautiful to see so many community members on hand to help serve, chat with, and support the men and women in our programs. Together we served over 75 veteran residents and several community members in need.
GEICO collected 2000 lbs. of toiletries for the veterans we serve…. Thanks a ton GEICO!
GEICO participated in the 2018 United Way of Long Island initiative Mission United Veterans Supply Drive in support of veterans in crisis on Long Island. Their efforts resulted in a ton of support for our veterans.. literally! They collected so much that we needed a box truck to transport it to our headquarters
Some of the GEICO team, along with our good friends at United Way of Long Island stopped by to deliver some of the donations and meet with the men and women who will benefit from their efforts. Thank you GEICO!
Zero Energy Home
The partnership of United Veterans Beacon House and United Way of Long Island has resulted in the construction of a U.S. Department of Energy award-winning, high performance Zero Energy Home
The Unique Feature
The unique feature of this two-story, five-bedroom home is that is was built by veterans for veterans… the builders who constructed this home include Beacon House veterans enrolled in the United Way’s VetsBuild program. The program provided the training for our veterans, leading to their participation in building the high-performance home so they can enter the building industry as skilled workers.
A Model Showcase
The home is a model showcase with zero-energy features. These energy efficient and solar features have resulted in the saving of utility costs because the home is designed to replace the energy it uses.
Our veterans deserve to live in a safe, comfortable and healthy home. Our homeless veterans moved into this home in the summer of 2017. They are on the pathway to living independently with sustainable employment.
As part of a promotion with New York Community Bank, Jim Smith, Army Veteran, author & Beacon House Board VP and United Veterans Beacon House founder/president Frank Amalfitano, Air Force Veteran were honored as “Heroes of the Night” during the fourth inning of a minor-league baseball game at Bethpage Park in Central Islip.
The Long Island Ducks are honoring two military veterans at each home game this season in connection with the bank and the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency. The two were asked to stand and while their brief bios. were read by an in-house announcer, eliciting a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 3,000 attending the Ducks’ game against the Somerset Patriots.
Jim Smith’s mother Dorothy, 94, of Albertson, his wife, Lynn, and two friends from Williston Park, Scott and Linda Fairgrieve, attended, as did several Beacon House staffers.