Crystal’s Story

A native of the Eastern Shore and having lived and worked in Annapolis almost all her life, Crystal found her way to The Light House in the midst of a painful uphill battle. When Crystal first walked through our doors, she had been struggling with chronic homelessness primarily due to severe medical issues — moving in and out of hospitals during her numerous health setbacks. During this difficult time, Crystal suffered from a stroke, multiple sclerosis, asthma, and a speech disorder. Most of the loved ones who had made up Crystal’s support network throughout her life had passed away years before and navigating her healthcare needs was simply not possible on her own.

Thankfully, The Light House was there to provide Crystal with a safe place to sleep, food, case management, and other vital wrap-around care. With the help of her Light House Client Advocate, Crystal now has her own apartment, assistance managing her medical appointments, and the other basic needs necessary to live a safe and stable life.

Upon moving into her new apartment, when asked what The Light House meant to her, Crystal answered, “My Client Advocate, Monique, she is my heart. The Light House is a family and family is where people go when they need help.”

Since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, The Light House has been consistently serving 40% more struggling neighbors overall. Keeping up with this demand continues to be a challenge for our staff and our operating expenses.

Donate today to help ensure that our neighbors, like Crystal, have the life-changing programs and services they need to find their path back home.