We need to remodel The Bartlett Center. The building, the fixtures, the equipment, and the storage space can simply no longer keep up with the scope of our operations. This is why we are asking for your help. You and your generosity can help begin a restoration of The Bartlett Center that is long overdue. Ultimately, we aim to increase the number of meals served daily to our homeless neighbors from 940 to 2,100 and increase our seating capacity from 100 to 150. The list goes on, but it will not go far without your help. Together, we can rebuild this historic community driven building.
The Bartlett Center is an incredible place that offers much more than just a simple cafeteria spot. Here, the Beacon House residents gather daily for their meals, service commitments, and holiday celebrations. The space provides room for this recovery community to bond, gain experiences, and confide in one another. Your support as an angel will truly make a positive impact.
Did you know?
From the 50’s to the 70’s, if you were down and out in San Pedro, you probably knew the man to go to for help: Father Art Bartlett. Known affectionately as “Father Art”, he worked tirelessly to feed the hungry, house the unhoused, guide the lost, and improve the San Pedro community. More and more, he saw men who were struggling with alcoholism and addiction to other drugs. He envisioned a residential facility that helped men struggling with substance abuse – a “beacon” to foundering human vessels, a haven for broken men. Thus, he founded The Beacon House Association of San Pedro in 1970 with one central thought in mind: help those in need.
In 1997, when we acquired the former Episcopal Seaman’s Center to use as a cafeteria, the goal was to feed and help even more people. It seemed fitting that the building would become Father Art’s namesake: “The Bartlett Center”. This building has always been dedicated to helping people, and our vision is that it always will be.