The Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. (EBOL)
is a not for profit, 501© 3 community development organization. The EBOL
was established in 1996 as an outgrowth of the ministries of The Emory
United Methodist Church and is a dynamic agent for change in the
Brightwood community and the surrounding area. EBOL offers the community
a range of services to enhance the economic and social vitality of the
Since its inception, EBOL has
collaborated with the community and its partners to,
provide transitional and permanent
a food pantry,
after school programs,
English as a Second Language,
computer training for seniors and
comprehensive services for transient
men, women, and children,
broad-based educational programs for
youth and adults,
health and recreation services,
crime and drug prevention programs
for youth, adults, and seniors, and
business and economic development
opportunities for area businesses.
Transitional Housing Program
is an outgrowth of one of the ministries of the Emory United Methodist
Church. In collaboration with the Capitol Hill Congregation Based
Shelter Program EBOL provides shelter to homeless families 10 months out
of each year.
We expanded out
transition program to include a Food Pantry which
is opened every Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
to the community at large
Renovation of the Lighthouse and the
Clifford house were our second major initiatives.
With the support of our Jewish partners YACHAD the Lighthouse has been
the home of all EBOL programs and projects. The Lighthouse serves as
office space for our current programs as well as space for the
transitional housing program.
In 2003 EBOL opened its doors to provide free legal services to
immigrants through the
for our Neighbors program (JFON) – a program of the United Methodist
Church. EBOL-JFON provides free, professional legal services to
immigrants. This program help immigrants navigate the maze of rules and
laws that affect their lives in the United States.
continue to be a solid base for improving the quality of life for
residents of our community.
In 2005 the EBOL began a partnership with the Department of Housing and
Community Development (DHCD) to revitalize the Brightwood area. These
activities are designed to support the growth of current and new
businesses; build affordable housing for seniors and families, and
transitional housing for the homeless.
• Storefront improvement project – to assist businesses to improve their
• Commercial and small business corridor program – designed to
strengthen existing businesses and to revitalize the Brightwood
community. We have established a Business alliance and the Beacon clean,
green safe initiative – which is designed to keep the Brighwood
commercial corridor clean, provide jobs and job training to our homeless
• A mixed use building project – to build affordable housing for
seniors, homeless men and women, and a multi-purpose center
• Crime and drug prevention program – develop educational programs for
youth and adults designed to increase the awareness of and reduce crime
and drugs in our community.
The EBOL has a holistic approach to community and economic development
and acts as a catalyst for systemic change in the Brightwood community
and beyond to improve the quality of life for all.
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