· After the Florida Legislature approved $1 million in funding for children's programs, the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, along with the Lighthouse’s throughout the state, began serving children ages 6-13 who are blind or visually impaired throughout the state of Florida.
· In 2016 Lighthouse of the Big Bend changed the lives of over 350 clients, ages 0 to 101, in Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor and Wakulla counties. Through the instruction offered by the Lighthouse Specialists, individuals with vision loss are given the tools to maintain or gain their independence.
· The 11th Annual Paula Bailey Dining in the Dark was held on October 4th at University Center Club. This event gathered over 300 of our community partners in support of our mission and raised over $30,000 for the Lighthouse of the Big Bend.
· The annual Techno Demo at the Lighthouse brought in over 80 clients to view and try out the latest in assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired.
· Provide Braille translation services to local and state agencies, as well as local businesses;
· Produce an on-line newsletter for clients and their familiesConduct outreach activities and collaborate with community partners for initial referrals, track all referrals from other agencies, and make referrals to other agencies as additional community services are needed
· Continue to provide free, education, rehabilitation, and counseling to every resident who is eligible in our 11 county service area.
· To grow community awareness of the Lighthouse of the Big Bend, it’s services and blindness and vision impairments.
· Conduct outreach and education through community presentations, our Tech Demo, and the support groups we offer each month.
· Increase sponsorship support for Dining in the Dark
The Lighthouse of the Big Bend is the sole agency in the Big Bend area specifically designed to serve those with vision loss, a population that is greatly underserved. Last year the Lighthouse of the Big Bend changed the lives over 300 clients, ages 0 to 101, in Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor, and Wakulla. Through the instruction offered by Lighthouse specialist, individuals with vision loss are given the tools to maintain or gain their independence. Lighthouse specialists offer instruction in Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Assistive Technology, etc. The Lighthouse of the Big Bend is supported through contracts from Florida’s Division of Blind Services, funding from the United Way via the Community Human Services Partnership, small grants, donations, and from the Lighthouse of the Big Bend’s annual fundraising event, Dining in the Dark. The agency has been fully accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired (NAC) since 1987.
Services provided by the Lighthouse include:
The Lighthouse of the Big Bend relies on collaborative partners, family & friends to identify and recruit potential clients and to make initial referrals. When blindness becomes the primary disability of a client and a referral is received, the Lighthouse staff remains in contact with the collaborative partner as to the instruction and progress of the client. Many clients have multiple community needs such as health care, financial services, transportation, dog guides, continuing a college education, child care, etc. Referrals are made to other agencies and advocacy is provided as needed; Lighthouse staff members also teach and encourage clients to advocate on their own behalf.
Interagency meetings are attended to enhance communication and to coordinate services with collaborative partners. Information and referral packets and community awareness presentations are given for the programs of various community partners. Many collaborative partners regularly rely upon the Lighthouse of the Big Bend for accessible materials when a board member, staff member or client is visually impaired and reads Braille. In addition to this, many local restaurants that have Braille-reading customers have had their menus transcribed by the Lighthouse of the Big Bend.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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