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  • Client Spotlight: Faith and Cody

    What would you do if you were struggling to make ends meet and staring down eviction? That’s exactly the situation Faith and Cody found themselves in last winter: unable to make rent despite both working full time jobs, caring for two small children, and living in a hotel with money quickly running out.

    Thankfully, The Light House was there to provide them with food, shelter, case management, and hope. They moved in and quickly began working with a client advocate, workforce development staff, and dedicated volunteers. They were able to apply for healthcare, save money, find better paying jobs, participate in financial management and parenting programs, and find an affordable apartment. We are excited to report that with the help of The Light House, Faith, Cody, and the children are now living happily in their own home.  Read More...

  • Volunteer Spotlight: Walter

    Walter has been volunteering at The Light House for over 9 years, and for the last 7 years has been volunteering in our kitchen 5 days a week, every week, helping serve lunch to residents and community clients.

    Many of us know Walter as a life-long Annapolitan, retired basketball coach, and dedicated Light House volunteer…but what most may not know is that he was a resident at The Light House many years ago. Walter had been working the same job for 25 years, and was close to retirement when circumstances derailed his plans and he ended up homeless. At The Light House he was given food, shelter, and case management...  Read More...

  • Client Spotlight: Rebecca

    "In 2013 I had moved to Maryland with desperation for a much-needed change in my life. Unwilling to fully surrender to my addiction I was lost and hopeless. My husband had just died resulting from a fatal overdose and with devastation in my heart I used drugs to cope. My life had become unmanageable to the point where I felt rock bottom had a basement. After successfully entering and completing treatment, I contacted The Light House and was accepted into the B.E.S.T. Culinary Program. I finally had career goals and my path made sense. Contacting The Light House was one of the best decisions I had made in a long time. I had the opportunity to learn and give back to others in need at the same time. That feeling was priceless…  Read More...

  • Client Quote: Tim

    "The B.E.S.T. Program was the next step I took after going through treatment. I was determined to do something new and positive. At The Light House I was able to learn, grow, and start on a new path. Now I can build a better life for myself. Thank you to everyone who believed in me and encouraged me when I needed it most." 

    - Tim, Graduate of The Light House B.E.S.T. Culinary Program  Read More...

  • Client Spotlight: Rick

    “Thanks to The Light House, I look forward to waking up each morning and being an active part of the community.”

    From an early age, Rick lived in an abusive home. When he was a teenager his mother was killed and his life began down an even darker path. “I lost all hope. For the next 40 years, my life was nothing. I didn’t care about anybody or anything.”

    Rick struggled through addiction, incarceration, and homelessness most of his life. After being hospitalized for a near fatal case of pneumonia, he decided it was time to make a positive change. “I moved into The Light House and started the Culinary Program, people were encouraging…for the first time in my life I started to feel better about myself.”  Read More...

  • In The News: Capital Gazette Home of The Week - Codye

    The young mother and her 3-year old son unpacked their belongings Jan. 10 at The Light House on Hudson Street in Annapolis. Though hard-working, she was out of a job, out of money, out of luck – and had nowhere to go. Less than a month later, her ebullient son Carter has made several new friends, including a pair of adorable twins, and, with the guidance of her assigned Light House Employment specialist, Codye prepared a resume, fine-tuned her interview skills, and was hired at a local rest...  Read More...

  • Client Spotlight: Reenae

    "I found myself in a situation I never thought I would be in. When tragedy struck, I had no place to live and no income. I had three small children, and no place for them to call home. I kept telling myself this will be OK, I'll figure something out...but soon enough we were living out of my car. My heart felt broken. When we moved into The Light House it was a new beginning. With their support, I was able to find a job and an apartment. Homelessness can happen to anyone and I'm grateful that The Light House was there for me and my family when we needed it most." - Reenae, Former Light House Resident   Read More...

  • In The News: Capital Gazette Home of The Week - Bryan

    "Being handicapped isn't easy; I've been struggling my whole adult life. The Light House gave me a hand up." - Bryan, Former Light House Resident, B.E.S.T. Culinary Graduate, and Current Light House Bistro Employee. Bryan's Light House apartment was featured as the Capital Gazette Home of The Week!  Read More...

  • Client Spotlight: John

    I've battled drug and alcohol addiction all my life - even during the forty years I worked as a mechanic in Anne Arundel County. On top of that I've suffered multiple health problems: COPD, emphysema, prostate cancer and herniated discs...it finally came to a point my addiction and health problems became unmanageable. I couldn't keep a job, and I couldn't keep up with my medical issues.

    One day I was kicked out of my apartment and ended up sleeping in an alleyway on Clay Street. After that I slept in the woods or anywhere I could find. I had no shelter - not even a tent. I drank every day to dull the pain, and picked up small odd jobs to get by. To this day I don't know how I made it through.  Read More...

  • Client Spotlight: Marsha

    Marsha moved into The Light House with her 16 month old daughter and twelve year old son.

    She had been living with her mother while raising her son, and soon after having her daughter almost two years ago, her mother passed away, the father of her daughter developed an aggressive form of cancer, and she lost her job that she had been working at for 12 years. Within this short amount of time her entire support system was no longer there for her. Her mother was gone, her significant other was in the hospital suffering from cancer, and she no longer had employment. This left Marsha feeling very alone and scrambling for options on where to live and how to support herself. She didn’t have any close family, and very few friends in the area.  Read More...

  • Client Spotlight: Mr. Martin

    “What brought me to The Light House? First and foremost, I got sick, I got diagnosed with COPD and couldn’t continue to work at all, I had no income, no place to stay, and I was in so much pain…I was hurting bad”

    Mr. Martin grew up in Washington D.C. and Maryland. He worked in construction and maintenance in Annapolis for almost 30 years, and had even managed to set aside a savings account for the future. He was a hard worker and had expected to have many more years of employment and income ahead of him. His life plans came to a halt though when he started to develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a progressive lung disease that gives him severe shortness of breath, chronic cough, asthma, fatigue, and frequent respiratory infections.   Read More...

  • Client Spotlight: Ellabell

    "The Light House Gave Me Hope" - Ellabell, Former Light House Resident and B.E.S.T. Student

    Ellabell’s beautiful smile lights up her face. She has a home, a steady job and a sparkling new set of teeth. This small but mighty 58 year-old credits The Light House for giving her the hope and faith she needed to help herself succeed. “I used to go up to 206 West Street every day to get lunch,” she recalls. “When I became homeless, that was the first place I went. I came to The Light House on a Friday, and they had a bed for me on Monday.” The Light House provided Ellabell with food and shelter and something more: hope and faith that she could make a better life for herself and her family.

    “I graduated from the B.E.S.T. Program, got a job, paid off my debt and found my own apartment. Before my mother passed away, I was able to tell her that I had a home for myself and my boys.”  Read More...