San Antonio Lighthouse ‘Simply Amazed’
San Antonio Lighthouse President and CEO, Mike Gilliam, and Vice President of Manufacturing, Bob Buckley, visited the Seattle Lighthouse in April and had this to say:
“I have been in a lot of Lighthouses and Goodwills, but never have seen a shop so technically advanced and accessible. Seattle was the perfect place to take Bob for his first visit. Wish I had come sooner. Now he (and I) truly know that just about everything is possible if you just focus on providing the right tools and find the right partners.
You have provided new inspiration for us as to what we can eventually become if we follow your lead. Thanks for raising the bar temporarily out of sight. Sometimes you need that target way out there to give you the visions to strive for.
Thanks again. We were simply amazed.” -Mike Gilliam, President, San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind.
An affiliated agency, The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the State of Texas. Serving people who are blind or visually impaired for over 75 years, the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind provides rehabilitation services to over 3,500 people who are blind, as well as employment opportunities through its light manufacturing assembly plant and 13 Base Service Centers on 11 military installations.
Like The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., The San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind produces products under contract with the Federal Government through the AbilityOne Program. Their product mix includes: Mechanical Pencils, Rollerball Pens, Highlighters, Clam Clip System Fastening Products, Military Helmet-Retention Assemblies, Aerospace Insulation Blankets, U.S. Postal Straps, Navy Fleece Parka Liners, Spill Kits and Absorbent Products, Aviation Oil Analysis Kits and other textile apparel items. Through its production facility, the San Antonio Lighthouse also offers employment to individuals that are blind or legally blind through assembling, machine operation, warehousing, quality assurance, maintenance, engineering, management and sewing machine operation.