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 206 West Street Project
The Light House is repurposing our former downtown Annapolis shelter, located at 206 West Street. This project will serve 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 206 West Street operation will be a self-sustaining and 'revenue-generating social enterprise' to support the ongoing workforce development and housing programs at The Light House. This project will also contribute to the revitalization and economic development of the West Street Corridor.