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May 2, 2014

Providing employment to community, supplies to Army organizations

Staff of the Fort Irwin Base Supply Center gather for a photo with Karen Kidd (center, right), vice president of operations, Base Supply Center at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. Customers of the BSC can meet the staff at a ribbon cutting ceremony, where there will be free hotdogs and refreshments from
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., May 15.

The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. recently completed construction of the newest AbilityOne Base Supply Center located at the corner of South Depot Road and Inner Loop on Fort Irwin. This is the seventh BSC operated by The Lighthouse for the Blind, based in Seattle, Wash.

There are more than 140 AbilityOne BSC’s on military and federal installations. Purchases at the BSC support the employment of people who are blind.

The BSC offers a wide range of commercial products for office, janitorial/sanitation, and mission specific items. These items are available for purchase to government, military and contractors using government purchase card for payment, or corporate credit cards.

AbilityOne has a 15-year history of operating BSC’s with extensive knowledge of the everyday items required to meet organizations’ missions. The BSC can source national stock number and commercial items for unique needs.

Seth Smith, a clerk at the Fort Irwin Base Supply Center, started his first job with the BSC in February. He is legally blind and lives in Apple Valley, riding the commuter bus to work full-time, Monday through Friday.

The Fort Irwin BSC is more than 9,200 square feet and features a special order desk where customers can order products not on the shelf, including items from GSA or DLA.

Stop in for a tour, pick up a catalog and meet the friendly staff. Store hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information about the store, contact the manager, Eletha Wade, at 686-4100 or at ewade@seattlelh.org.




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