Sarah Ryan has been deeply involved in the mission of The Light House since 2015 when she began volunteering with the organization’s food and employment training programs. During this time, and while also serving as the Parent Association Chair at an Annapolis area school, Ms. Ryan facilitated a valuable school lunch program partnership for The Light House’ BEST Culinary Employment Training Program. Ms. Ryan later served on the Board of the Friends of The Light House, a separate non-profit organization whose volunteers host annual fundraising events to help fund the operating costs of The Light House. After serving on the board, Ms. Ryan assumed the role of Event Coordinator for the Friends of The Light House. As Event Coordinator, Ms. Ryan excelled at building awareness for the issue of homelessness while raising record breaking funding for The Light House’s many vital homelessness prevention and support services.
In 2020, Ms. Ryan transitioned to the role of Volunteer Programs Administrator for The Light House before working towards her current position as Director of Community Engagement. As Director of Community Engagement, Ms. Ryan engages supporters in a variety of ways including on site and off site information sessions, creating new volunteer programming, seasonal donation drives, forming new partnerships, and strengthening existing partnerships. Ms. Ryan looks forward to continuing to raise awareness for the issue of homelessness, DEIA and LGBTQA+ during her tenure at The Light House.
The Healing Garden, adjacent to the library and meditation room at the new center, provides a sacred place to those who have so often experienced the harsh and often hostile effects of living outdoors.