2011 was a flagship year in the Base Supply Center (BSC) program, which celebrated its 15th year of existence nation-wide. The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. has participated in this program for 11 years, and in the fall we opened our new BSC at Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, CA. The addition of this store brings our total to six across the West Coast.
Since the launch of the first BSC in 1995, government customers have appreciated convenient access to thousands of high-quality, competitively priced SKILCRAFT® and other name brand products as well as Hazmat, Individual Equipment Element (IEE), and other services.
In purchasing from BSCs, government customers support the employment of qualified professionals who are blind or have other severe disabilities through the AbilityOne Program. These employees produce and ship products, provide services, and in many cases, staff the BSCs. Additionally, service-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.