Our New Home

Please Help Us Build the New Pasco Lighthouse

Drawing of the new building An architect’s drawing shows what the new Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind building will look like.

Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind provides free vision rehabilitation that teaches people who are visually impaired of all ages to live more independently. After 20 years of providing vision rehabilitation services to thousands of people who are visually impaired and blind and their families at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd. in Port Richey, the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind must relocate.

On March 15, 2018, at 12 noon, the Lighthouse will hold a GROUND BREAKING event for our new home, at 9130 Ridge Road in New Port Richey (between Bass Lake and Maynard on the south side where the driving range used to be). Everyone is invited—RSVP for calling 727-815-0303 or by emailing events@lvib.org.

We are looking for donations, grants, and other gifts, to assist with building this new, larger facility, and furnishing it.

Specifically, we need:

  • Up to $200,000 to assist with constructing the following areas in the new building: the Blind Babies Early Intervention Center, the Kids’ Zone for the Children’s Program, the Teen Pre-employment Training Center, an Adaptive Independent Living Teaching Kitchen, a Computer Training Lab, a Braille Classroom, an Assistive Device Lab, a Low Vision Center, all of our Classrooms, and a Client Lounge/Recreation Area.
  • Up to $100,000 for office furniture and access equipment, such as specialized lighting and contrast/tactile mats, to be used by clients and staff; client learning cubicles with noise reducing panels; independent living equipment for the client kitchen and classrooms, such as appliances (large and small), pots, pans, dishes, etc.); and orientation and mobility equipment to help teach travel training.
  • A plaque will hang in a prominent place in the new Pasco Lighthouse, listing the names of those who donate at least $250. Learn about the ways you can give, or click on the orange DONATE NOW button on our website to make a donation. Please, also, consider leaving a legacy by helping us build a Lighthouse that will make a difference for years to come.

Teens with Arthur Murray Dance studio staff holding a thank you signYour support of the new building is for now and the future. Thank you from all our clients and their families.

A detailed case for support is available upon request. In 2016-2017, almost 1,300 people who are visually impaired and blind, their families, professionals, the general public, and local employers benefited from Lighthouse programs. Of this number, Lighthouse provided intensive programs and services to increase independence and quality of life for 330+ visually impaired and blind clients, plus we counseled and supported 80+ family members. We hope you can help us continue providing services to meet the need, and that we can help you meet your giving objectives.

We will also have several campaigns in order to raise the needed funds. Our current campaign is our 2017 Summer Program Review.

We are fortunate to have had some media hits about our new home in Pasco. Please read the most recent article, Lighthouse pursues construction of building on Ridge Road, published on July 26, 2017 by The Suncoast News.

On behalf of the Lighthouse Board of Directors, the people we serve, and our staff, thank you for your consideration of this request. A Grand Opening of the new Lighthouse is planned for early summer 2018.

Sincerely,

Sylvia Perez, CEO, sperez@lvib.org

Services are Free Thanks to Our Donors

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