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Interior photo of the new store at Seattle Coast Guard

New Base Supply Center to Open Early 2021 on Coast Guard Base in Seattle, WA

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., has announced it will be opening a new AbilityOne Base Supply Center (BSC) location on February 16, 2021. This new location will be the first BSC to open on Seattle’s Coast Guard Base, but the 12th overall BSC run by the Lighthouse.

The opening of this BSC will bring much needed access to supplies for service members on the Coast Guard base. Because of each BSC’s convenient location, it allows personnel to walk in, select needed supplies, and have them delivered on-base or in office the same day. Essential BSC stores carry in-demand products like hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and other supplies that service members need access to.

Each Base Supply Center offers opportunities for people who are blind or low vision to gain retail experience by working in stores in various capacities. Many products sold in BSC stores are also produced by people who are blind or low vision either at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. or other AbilityOne organizations around the country.

Disabled veterans and military dependents have the opportunity to join the AbilityOne team, where they continue to play a valuable role in the military communities that are significant to their lives.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.

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Lighthouse employee Deng Kong

About The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind since 1918.

Over 480 individuals are employed at the Lighthouse, more than 270 of whom are blind, DeafBlind, or blind with other disabilities. Lighthouse employees have access to a wide range of career opportunities and comprehensive training programs allowing them to create products and provide services of outstanding quality for our customers.

The Lighthouse is a successful manufacturing organization with over 60 years of experience in precision machining. Employees produce an array of machined parts and plastic injection molding for various aerospace manufacturers, as well as a host of office products and hydration equipment sold to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military.

In addition to manufacturing, the Lighthouse also operates AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) up and down the West Coast U.S., which offer one-stop shopping to military personnel and federal employees. Convenient locations allow personnel to walk in, select needed supplies and have them delivered on-base or in the office that same day.

When you purchase SKILCRAFT® and other AbilityOne® products at your local BSC, you help empower people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities by creating diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities.

Learn more about the Lighthouse’s mission to empower people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities by creating diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities.

Colorful blue and red graphic with office supplies and a BSC clerk

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.’s AbilityOne Base Supply Centers

Colorful blue and red graphic with office supplies and a BSC clerkOur Mission is to Help You Through COVID-19

Our stores remain open during the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in various states. We have added extra disinfecting and sanitization measures to ensure a safe shopping environment. Please contact your local AbilityOne Base Supply Center for availability of HAND SANITIZERS, DISINFECTANTS, TOILET PAPER, MASKS, and other supplies.

Why Shop AbilityOne?

AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs) offer one-stop shopping to military personnel and federal employees. Convenient locations allow personnel to walk in, select needed supplies, and have them delivered on-base or in the office that same day.

When you purchase SKILCRAFT® and other AbilityOne® products at your local BSC, you help empower people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities by creating diverse, sustainable, and meaningful employment opportunities.

The competitive pricing for the items offered by the BSCs (prices are benchmarked and fall within GSA Schedule pricing) may facilitate compliance with FAR Subpart 13.202.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. operates BSCs up and down the West Coast of the U.S. The Lighthouse currently employs over 490 people, more than 270 of whom are blind, DeafBlind, or blind with other disabilities. Lighthouse employees have access to a wide range of career opportunities and comprehensive training programs allowing them to create products and provide services of outstanding quality for our customers.

Lighthouse employees make aerospace parts, office products, hydration systems, and a myriad of other machined products for customers such as The Boeing Company and the Federal Government. We also provide managed services like appointment setting, quality assurance, account reconciliation, contract close out, and other administrative services for customers like the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army.
In addition to providing employment opportunities, the Lighthouse offers a wide range of programs and services for employees who are blind and DeafBlind. Our Low Vision Clinic and store, computer training classes, braille courses, our acclaimed DeafBlind Retreat, and DeafBlind Community Classes as well as a program to educate elementary school students about blindness are just a few of the employee and community services we offer.

We are a one-stop source for the supplies you need to fulfill your mission. We carry AbilityOne®/SKILCRAFT® office products, cleaning and janitorial supplies, and much more. We also can place special orders to find anything needed, such as:

Office Products

  • Computer Accessories
  • Desk Supplies
  • Shipping Supplies
  • Printing Supplies

Cleaning & Janitorial Supplies

  • Environmentally “Green” Cleaners/Detergents
  • Disposable Paper Products
  • Food Service Supplies

Individual Equipment Element

  • Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment
  • DLA items

Special Orders

  • Unique Military Items
    • Tactical Gear
  • Office Furniture
    • Space Planning and Installation

Visit one of our nine locations, visit us online at BaseSupply.com

AbilityOne Base Supply Center – North Island
Wright Ave, North Island
San Diego CA 92135

AbilityOne Base Supply Center – Ft. Irwin
NTC Ft Irwin
991 South Depot Rd
Ft. Irwin CA 92310

AbilityOne Base Supply Center – China Lake
China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center
Bldg. 1202 Blandy Ave., Room 1
China Lake CA 93555

AbilityOne Base Supply Center – Naval Airstation, Fallon
4755 Pasture Rd., Bldg. 8
Fallon NV 89406

AbilityOne Base Supply Center – JBLM – Ft. Lewis Main Post
Bldg. 2072 Pendleton Ave.
Fort Lewis WA 98433

AbilityOne Base Supply Center – JBLM – North Fort Lewis
Bldg. 11836 A St.
Fort Lewis WA 98433

AbilityOne Base Supply Center – JBLM – McChord AFB
Bldg. 576 E St.
McChord Field AFB WA 98438

Lakewood Office
5812 100th St SW
Lakewood WA 98499