Our History

Reverend Donald E. Robinson is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister who founded Beacon House in 1991 with the support of the Edgewood residents and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area Unitarian Universalist churches. Reverend Robinson has devoted the last thirty years of his life to improving the lives of at-risk youth, serving as a teacher, community youth counselor, social service representative, and community organizer. He has received two masters degrees; a masters degree in Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in 1989 and a masters degree in Counseling and Community Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia in 1977. Reverend Robinson also speaks at various UU churches, performs invocations for various agencies, and serves as a community resource for any individual in need. Reverend Robinson retired from Beacon House in the summer of 2017, where he was honored at "The Beacon House 25th Anniversary Celebration of Hope and Legacy of Inspiration in Honor of Reverend Donald E. Robinson" on June 17, 2017.

At the 25th Anniversary event, a video tribute to Rev. Robinson was revealed, reflecting on the last 25 years of Beacon House.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, speaking at Beacon House's Tenth Anniversary Celebration, had the highest praise for Beacon House. She stated:

"I want to encourage your work not only because what you have done here is magnificent, but because I want to encourage other communities around this town to do what Beacon House has done. I can't thank you enough for the way you focus on education. You have found a way to make education come alive in so many ways for your children."