Forbes: At Two Lodges Near Yosemite, Young Adults Heal Within The Landscape

By Elizabeth MacBride, November 29, 2023

“Just outside the park gate, Lee Zimmerman and Brian Anderluh own a hospitality company, First Light, that runs two lodges, Rush Creek and Evergreen. The 300 employees of the Lodges include about 40-50 “transitional youth” each year – often young people who are aging out of the foster care system. The company supports them with extra staff members, job training counseling and special outings. It’s a successful social enterprise for a very under-served community, completely baked into financially successful 20-year-old company. As the lodges scale, so will the program. I wrote about it for the Stanford Social Innovation Review last spring.”

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