The Light House Increases Meals, Provides Housing Solutions with Support from Bank of America

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As COVID-19 continues to challenge jobs throughout Maryland, The Light House is experiencing the ripple effect of unemployment in Anne Arundel County. Along with a significant increase in meals being distributed, the local nonprofit has shifted gears in preparation for an increase in homelessness throughout the county. The Light House recently received a grant from Bank of America, which has helped the nonprofit to prepare for the anticipated need.

“We’re concerned with the rate of unemployment, that after some of the moratoriums on evictions have been lifted, there will be an imminent risk of homelessness county-wide. We’re preparing to be a lifeline to those desperately trying to avoid homelessness,” said Jo Ann Mattson, Executive Director of The Light House.

A $20,000 grant from Bank of America has helped The Light House meet that demand. Its Safe Harbor Resource Center, which has been delivering hygiene products and providing food and clothing throughout the pandemic, is prepped to prevent an increase in homelessness through their continued rental assistance, temporary housing, and eviction prevention programs. Safe Harbor works closely with The Light House’s workforce development programs, providing additional resources including employment training, career placement, and workforce advising services.

With support from Bank of America, The Light House's social enterprise restaurant, Light House Bistro, which temporarily closed its doors in March, was able to quickly step in to provide meals for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness throughout the community and distribute thousands of pounds of fresh produce and groceries at its drive through pantry every week.

“There has been an outpouring of support including volunteers that have donated meals, masks, and time,” said Mattson. “Bank of America asked what our needs were early and provided significant support. We are so grateful to have them as a true community partner, to stand beside us.”

“The Light House and its programs empower so many in Anne Arundel County that are facing uncertainty. Bank of America not only supports The Light House because of its commitment to meet the immediate needs of those most vulnerable, but also because its life-changing programs provide independence and hope for the future,” said Bank of America Greater Maryland Market President Sabina Kelly.

In order to continue to provide support and services to Anne Arundel County residents in need, monetary donations can be made to The Light House online at https://lhs.publishpath.com/donate. The Light House has also compiled a list of in-kind needs at http://www.annapolislighthouse.org/needs.

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