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 people 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.
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 people who are visually impaired and blind. We look forward to serving you for many more years to come.
Lighthouse’s Employer Identification Number/Federal Identification Number/Tax Number is 59-2311666.
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.