Fort Scott, KS — One of the greatest assets a community has are the people who make the city a great place to live. The fine folks at the Beacon are no exception to this. The Beacon is an inter-faith, not-for-profit network which helps Bourbon County residents with food, shelter, clothing or other necessities during times of need or an emergency.
Bob Eckles, Director, has been at the helm for about 14 years at the Beacon. He is the third director the ministry has had since its inception in 1985. Looking at the numbers, the Beacon serves an average of 400 families a month. Only 3 paid staff and about a dozen faithful volunteers continue to keep the doors open to help those families in need. “Nearly every church in town has involvement at some level,” Mr. Eckles said. However, there is always more help needed.
A big deal this weekend is the CROP walk, started in the 1947 to help mid-west farmers to share their grain with hungry neighbors in post-World War II Europe and Asia. The organizers of the CROP walk, Church World Service (CWS) are still working in foreign nations but also partner with local ministries.
This Sunday, the CROP walk is happening in Gunn Park at shelter #3. Registration is at 1:30pm and the walk starts at 2pm. All are welcome to come and join in the walk, approximately 1.8 miles. Proceeds raised will help both CWS and the Beacon.
For more information, please contact the Beacon:
525 E 6th St.
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Hours: M-F; 9a-1pm