About Us

Staff members standing outside one of our facilitiesLighthouse staff members standing outside the Lighthouse Opportunity Center, our newest facility.

The mission of the Lighthouse is to provide people who are visually impaired and blind with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence. Lighthouse works with people of all ages, from babies to seniors, who experience vision impairment, blindness and low vision, and live in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties*.

The need for services in Pasco was recognized in February 1983, when the Florida Division of Blind Services conducted a town hall meeting at the West Campus of Pasco Hernando Community College. The meeting drew an overwhelming response. More than 150 people voiced strong support for the establishment of a training center for the blind. By May 1983, the B.L.I.N.D. Club of New Port Richey provided $500, and the First United Methodist Church of New Port Richey donated a house on Virginia Avenue. The Suncoast Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired held its first classes in October 1983. Eventually the name was changed to the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind.

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides free vision rehabilitation and adjustment to blindness services to people of all ages who have experienced vision impairment. An estimated 20,000 persons have received some type of service since its incorporation.

The Lighthouse serves Pasco, Hernando and Citrus from two permanent locations in Port Richey and Brooksville and in a temporary office at the Wishing Well Center in Citrus County. Services are also provided in the community (in cities such as Zephyrhills, Dade City, and Lecanto) and in our clients’ homes.

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In 2013, the Lighthouse turned 30 years old. Thank you for allowing us to serve you, and thank you for increasing the quality of life for persons who are visually impaired and blind. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come.

A COPY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE’S OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 OR BY VISITING https://csapp.800helpfla.com/cspublicapp/giftgiversquery/giftgiversquery.aspx. LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND BLIND, INC. IS REGISTERED UNDER CH662. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

* Service coverage is all areas of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus which include:
  • Pasco: Dade City, New Port Richey, Port Richey, San Antonio, Zephyrhills, St. Leo and the unincorporated communities of Blanton, Branchborough, Darby, Gulf Harbors, Hudson Beach, Jessamine, Richland, Seven Springs, St. Joseph, Trilacoochee, and Vitis.
  • Hernando: Spring Hill, Brooksville, Weeki Wachee and the unincorporated communities of Ridge Manor West and Rolling Acres.
  • Citrus: Crystal River, Inverness and the unincorporated communities of Beverly Hills, Black Diamond, Chassahowitzka, Citrus Hills, Citrus Springs, Floral City, Hernando, Holder, Homosassa Springs, Homosassa, Inverness Highlands North, Inverness Highlands South, Lecanto, Meadowcrest, Oak Grove, Pine Ridge, Pineola, Red Level, and Sugarmill Woods.

The Lighthouse is a GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant

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