PUBLIC NOTICE: Light House Request for Proposals

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Light House has been awarded CDBG funds to perform upgrades to the access control system and other select security measures to the building located at 10 Hudson Street Annapolis and is soliciting for prospective respondents until March 26th.

Requests for the project manual and to schedule time to view the project details can be directed to Heather Cassity at The Light House or sent via email: LHSecurityproject@annapolislighthouse.org.

You can also view the project manual by clicking here.

The Light House Receives $1 Million Gift from Local Foundation

The Light House is excited to announce that we were awarded a $1 million gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. This much needed funding directly supports our Light House mission to rebuild lives with compassion by providing shelter and services to prevent homelessness and empower people as they transition toward housing, employment, and self-sufficiency.

Staff members setting up for The Light House drive-through and walk-up pantry. In 2020 alone, The Light House distributed over 305,000 pounds of food to neighbors struggling with homelessness and food insecurity.

The $1 million gift was secured through a local foundation that believes in our mission and wanted to make a lasting and positive impact in our community. This funding will enable our organization to provide more safe and affordable housing for those struggling with homelessness, additional services that stop homelessness before it happens, new programming to address mental health and substance abuse issues, a well-stocked and staffed food pantry, and new opportunities to bolster our workforce development programs.

Since the Covid-19 crisis began, The Light House has seen an unprecedented increase in those seeking our services. Last year, we served 40% more individuals and families than a typical year, and the number of households served through our pantry programs alone increased by more than 200%. The Light House is committed to serving as many vulnerable individuals and families as we possibly can, and this generous gift will help increase our reach and impact at one of the most critical times in our organization’s history.

“Words fail me as I try to express the depth of my gratitude,” stated Light House Executive Director, Jo Ann Mattson. “This generous gift allows us to do more than we ever imagined. This funding secures our future and ensures that families are housed and safe, healthy food and basic needs items are distributed to our most vulnerable neighbors, individuals have the job skills and training they need to earn a living wage, and The Light House is strong and prepared to help our community continue to weather this crisis. I can never thank this foundation and the local trustee enough for being an enthusiastic advocate for those who need it most.”

Light House Bistro Reopening This Spring

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Light House Bistro staff have stepped in to support the entirety of The Light House food insecure operations—feeding residents, community clients, and managing pantry distribution, which also allowed us to continue to provide training opportunities despite the restaurant closure.

As The Light House begins to transition back to normal operations, we are excited to announce that Light House Bistro will be reopening our doors and plan on welcoming customers back in spring! As always, the safety of our staff and guests is of the utmost importance to us and we have been diligently developing and assessing our operations and guidelines to ensure the health and well-being of all who come through our doors. Stay tuned for more details by following Light House Bistro on Facebook and Instagram!

We look forward to seeing you all at Light House Bistro soon!

Our Impact In 2020

Thank you to our community for supporting us throughout 2020! Your dedication to our mission enabled us to serve a record number of neighbors hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis. In fact, overall, we served 40% more individuals and families than a typical year, and the number of households served through our pantry programs increased by more than 200%.

In 2020 alone, The Light House:

  • Provided emergency and transitional housing for 169 individuals including 32 children.
  • Successfully moved over 83 shelter residents and homeless community clients into safe permanent housing.
  • Stabilized over 385 households through our Safe Harbour Resource Center, which serves neighbors who are unsheltered, chronically homeless, or at risk of homelessness.
  • Successfully prevented over 240 households who were at risk of losing their housing from becoming homeless.
  • Served 2,700 households through our walk-up, drive-thru, and mobile pantry.
  • Distributed over 305,000 pounds of healthy pantry items to individuals and families struggling with homelessness and food insecurity.
  • Provided over 80,000 meals to our neighbors struggling with homelessness and food insecurity.
  • Distributed thousands of vital basic needs items to our community, including clothing, toiletries, tents, and more.
    Graduated 26 employment training students, and launched our new virtual B.E.S.T. Job Readiness Program!

None of this would have been possible without YOU! As we continue to provide vital services to our most vulnerable neighbors, we thank you for being a part of our Light House family!

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