Through a generous grant from the Boeing Employees Community Fund of Puget Sound, the Lighthouse was able to purchase a new Box Truck for our JBLM Base Supply Centers! This new addition to our fleet of delivery trucks allows the Lighthouse to deliver supplies on base and meet customer needs more efficiently.
John Gibbs, Director of BSC Operations, put it best, “The Lighthouse for the Blind Base Supply Center Program would like to express a tremendous level of gratitude to the Boeing Employees Community Fund of Puget Sound for their generous donation of a delivery vehicle. The new boxed truck is providing a great benefit to not only The Lighthouse for the Blind, but also to the Soldiers, Airmen, and Department of Defense Contractors we serve on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The additional vehicles allows increased delivery time of critical supplies for the service members as they perform their wartime and peacetime duties. The support from exceptional companies like the Boeing Employees Community Fund of Puget Sound assist with providing jobs for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities through meaningful employment.”
The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. operates seven AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) which supply superior blind made products and services to Federal Government customers through a commercial setting that employs people who are blind. BSCs are located on military installations and provide the necessary services and products to satisfy the needs of base personnel.
Beyond providing employment opportunities at BSCs, the BSC program supports hundreds of Lighthouse employees who are blind and DeafBlind that work in the defense and office product business lines at other Lighthouse facilities including Seattle, Spokane, and South Carolina. BSCs are stores through which we sell the products we make that allow us to provide hundreds of employment opportunities to individuals who are blind and DeafBlind. In addition to retail and production employment opportunities, there are many administrative and production support jobs that provide additional employment opportunities to individuals who are blind and DeafBlind.
Additionally, through the BSC program, service-disabled veterans have the opportunity to join the BSC. BSC employees, and those in production and support roles at the Lighthouse’s Seattle, Spokane, and South Carolina facilities, take great pride in their roles that support the military and our federal government.