Welcome to Beacon House


Beacon House is a non-profit, community based organization that provides tutoring, mentoring, cultural, athletic, recreational and nutritional programs to at-risk children, ages 5-18, who reside in and around the Edgewood Terrace community in Ward 5 of Washington, D.C. Our mission is to assist at-risk youth to identify and pursue educational objectives that culminate in college or vocational training, and, more generally, to prepare them for productive involvement in their community and society. Beacon House’s goal is to lift as many children as possible up and out of their often difficult circumstances.

Meeting with city officials

Beacon House was founded in 1991 by Rev. Donald E. Robinson in response to an overwhelming need for social service programs for youth in what was once a drug and violence-plagued community.  Beacon House began operating out of a donated basement apartment. With limited space and resources, Rev. Robinson inspired dozens of volunteers from the greater D.C. metropolitan area to support his efforts, both financially and by giving their time. Over the years, Beacon House has grown into a professionally-run organization and operates out of two, 6,000 square foot spaces within the Edgewood Terrace apartment complex with nine full-time and more than a dozen part-time staff who, in turn, manage dozens of volunteers, partnerships with complimentary not-for-profit programs, and an array of programs that nurture hundreds of children a year. While most of the youth reside in and around the Edgewood Terrace neighborhood in Washington, D.C., no one is turned away.  

Beacon House is funded by individuals, foundations, local and state governments, and corporate donations and grants.   



Provide much needed school supplies to Beacon House youth through Kits for Kidz! Click the image above to support our youth with a Primary Kit, Elementary Kit, or Junior High/High School Kit.





Beacon House has been chosen from a field of nearly 250 applicants as "one of the best small charities in the Washington DC Region" by reviewers for the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington


The Catalogue for Philanthropy profiles environmental, cultural, educational, human services, and international organizations.  Reviewers from a cross-section of charitable organizations evaluate applications for distinction, cost-effectiveness, accomplishments, and financial transparency.  The rigorous evaluation process provides a carefully vetted list of excellent, trustworthy nonprofits.

This is the sixth year in a row that Beacon House’s has been listed by the Catalogue.  Click here to view the Catalogue's website