What is a social enterprise?
Social enterprises are businesses that tackle social problems, benefiting an underserved population by delivering outcomes based on a specific mission. They create revenue from selling goods and services in the open market, but they reinvest their profits back into their programs and the local community.
The Light House mission is rebuilding lives in order to break the cycle of homelessness. Our Social Enterprise bottom line is providing living wage employment for those experiencing homelessness. We believe you cannot have sustainable housing without sustainable employment. This project is about creating JOBS.
About The 202 West Street Project
The Light House repurposed our former downtown Annapolis shelter, located at 202 West Street. This project serves multiple purposes including:
Advanced Culinary Training Center
• Full Teaching Kitchen • Real-Work Opportunities for graduates of our culinary arts job training program, Building Employment Success Training (B.E.S.T.)
B.E.S.T. Catering Kitchen
• Custom Catering • Lunch Contracts • Prepared Meals • Signature Items
The Light House Bistro
• 50 Seats • Coffee Bar • Open to the public for lunch and dinner
Permanent Supportive Housing
• Four apartments for former residents of The Light House on the second floor
Our 202 West Street operation is a self-sustaining and 'revenue-generating social enterprise' to support the ongoing workforce development and housing programs at The Light House. This project also contributes to the revitalization and economic development of the West Street Corridor.