For more than 22 years the Light House has provided emergency shelter, transitional housing, food, clothing, eviction assistance and related support services to people by providing a place of belonging. They offer life-changing programs in a broad continuum of support for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Late last month, they graduated 12 students from their BEST program.
The BEST program was started in 2010 with funding from a Ladders for Success grant from the community foundation of Anne Arundel County. BEST has become a core program at the Light House and builds job training skills to help their clients secure sustainable employment and permanent housing. Clients participate in a 12 week training program that includes one week of assessment three weeks of basic skills training, followed by a basic training and paid internships in specific disciplines including culinary arts, facilities maintenance, and soon to include data entry and retail.
Additional funding for the BEST program has been provided by the Hussman Foundation and the Friends of the Light House.
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen provided the keynote address to congratulate the 12 graduates of the program. Graduates included Tammy Tennant, Amber Clark, Temario Colbert, Linda Crockett, Carson Gainey, Brandon Hill, Sean Klotz, Greg Powell, Angel Snowden, David Bradford, Curtis Davis and Matthew Hill. There were nine graduates of the culinary program and three gadgets in the facilities maintenance.
After the ceremony, the crowd of approximately 80 people were treated to various food dishes which were prepared by the recent graduates.