Human Services

LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER

Regaining Independence Everyday

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Naples, FL

Mission

The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.

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Can you see to read this? Imagine going blind or having any vision loss. Who helps you learn how to socialize, navigate, communicate and feel safe in a sighted world? Who helps you cope and feel confident that you can live a productive life?

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., offers programs/services, at no charge, to help the blind and visually impaired become independent in Collier County.

As the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County, Lighthouse of Collier helps the estimated 14,000* local children and adults become independent. Founded in 2009, Lighthouse of Collier, Inc., is established as a Florida Not For Profit, 501 (c) (3), Corporation. 100% of the funds raised stay in Collier County.

*Statewide Assessment of Unmet Rehabilitation Needs of Florida Citizens who are Blind or Visually Impaired conducted by Mississippi State University January 2008

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director

Mr. Scott Flagel

Main Address

2685 Horseshoe Drive South Suite 211

Naples, FL 34104 USA

Keywords

Blind, Vision impaired,LOC, Lighthouse of Collier, visually impaired, independence for the blind

EIN

27-0401702

 Number

4987446432

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Our programs

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Independent Living Skills (O&M, Daily Skills, Vocational Rehab and Assistive Technoloy)

Children's Programs (Blind Babies, Children and Students)

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Our Results

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Independent Living Skills (O&M, Daily Skills, Vocational Rehab and Assistive Technoloy)

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People with disabilities

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People with disabilities

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Independent Living Skills (O&M, Daily Skills, Vocational Rehab and Assistive Technoloy)

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

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People with disabilities

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Independent Living Skills (O&M, Daily Skills, Vocational Rehab and Assistive Technoloy)

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Can you see to read this? Imagine going blind or having any vision loss. Who helps you learn how to socialize, navigate, communicate and feel safe in a sighted world? Who helps you cope and to feel confident that you can live a healthy and productive life? As the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County, Lighthouse of Collier helps the estimated 14,000 blind/vision impaired children and adults become independent. The mission of Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and on-going evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers. The vision of Lighthouse of Collier is to provide excellent rehabilitation training. The goal of Lighthouse of Collier is to help the blind/vision impaired live independently and engage in life. By 2016, Lighthouse of Collier will: 1. Identify the estimated 14,000 blind/vision impaired children and adults in Collier County and provide the appropriate rehabilitation services. 2. Develop a transition program, for ages 14-21 years, to assist in the transition process from high school to college or work place. 3. Bring awareness to the programs and services available to the blind/vision impaired community. The unmet community needs the Lighthouse of Collier programs will address for these children and adults is to help them learn how to socialize, navigate, communicate and feel safe in a sighted world. The unmet community needs of the families, parents, guardians and caregivers are paramount. Because of our programs, families and parents are now able to network, share experiences and not feel that their loved one is ""the only one.""

The following are strategies to based upon Lighthouse of Colliers goals: Partnering with The Collier County School system, Florida Division of Blind Services, United Way of Collier County and The Naples Children & Education Foundation-founders of The Naples Winter Wine Festival will allow Lighthouse of Collier to identify the unmet needs of the blind/vision impaired community. Collaborating with other non-profits and for profits will allow unique opportunities to outreach to the community at large. Outreaching through the medical community, online, social media, public service announcements, radio interviews and newspapers brings more awareness and potential clients that need services. Undertake a specific plan to reach out to the following in order to better educate the public on the services Lighthouse provides: Eye Care professionals, Collier County School ESE specialists, area clubs, organizations, adult communities to include Assisted Living and Adult Care and churches. Continue to host "Brown Bag Series" lunches for the community in order to further educate them on other services in the area that would be beneficial to the blind and visually impaired community. Continue to negotiate state contracts in order to gain funding for as many blind and visually impaired persons as needed for Adult Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the following programs not currently covered under contract with DBS: Babies programs, children's programs and Transition programs. -Develop program activities to include conducting classes at adult living facilities

Prior to the formation and operation of Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.(LOC), the blind and visually impaired population of Collier County, Florida had very little or no access to services during the prior 30 years. The nearest service provider was 40 miles from the Naples City limit and the outreach was virtually non-existent. As one of LOC's Clients so eloquently stated, ""You were my beacon in the night."" LOC's Board actively searches for qualified and dedicated individuals with strong community ties and a passion for LOC's Mission to serve on the Board. LOC also has a stable involvement of individuals that welcome new ideas and opportunities for growth and expansion. The accomplishments of LOC in such a brief history of operation cannot be ignored nor minimized. The personal involvement by individuals with expertise in the Medical, Financial, Marketing and Philanthropic industries are extraordinary for such a relatively small and new entity. LOC has the following legal qualifications, licenses, registrations, associations, etc. All are in good standing: Florida Corporation N09000004439 Federal 501 (c) (3) Corporation 27-0401702 Florida Sales Tax Exempt 85-8015210777C-7 State of Florida Vendor F270401702-001 Registered as a Charitable Organization in Florida under the Solicitation of Contributions Act CH32945 Registered in E-Verify Annual Audited Financial Statements Level II background checks on all Employees and Volunteers NAC Certification for Management, Rehabilitation Therapy, Low Vision Services, Orientation and Mobility, Technology Instruction, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Outreach Services and consumer Standards Member of Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind Member of Vision Serve Alliance Member of Florida Diversity Council Member of Naples Area Chamber of Commerce United Way of Collier County Partner Partner with Naples Children & Education Foundation-founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival Earned the Guidestar Exchange Seal-demonstrating transparency Lighthouse of Collier continues to collaborate with other local nonprofits, conduct outreach activities and work with the Department of Blind Services. We have on staff 6 employees to include the following areas of expertise:Certified |Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, Technology instructor of the blind and visually impaired, Orientation and Mobility Therapist, Case Manage, experienced former CFO and the Executive Director.

Measuring success is a huge part of Lighthouse of Collier's sustainability. As a young organization, feedback from our clients is paramount. Feedback measuring success such as client surveys, comprehensive functional assessments, letters to the editor of our local paper/national magazines and client referral has been a huge part of our success in the community. Lighthouse of Collier will track the number of clients served in each of the areas (Adult, Children, Vocational Rehabilitation, Transition Students, Babies). In addition, we provide evaluations to all of our clients to determine if the programs provided were beneficial to the participant. In addition, Lighthouse of Collier will continue to track the amount of donations, grants awarded and contracts awarded by the state.

During the past four years Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. (LOC) has pooled its resources and worked with other Agencies, the Division of Blind Services, local businesses and the community to serve over 825 persons of Collier County, Florida. The ability and willingness to do what is necessary to serve Collier County in spite of the many hurdles placed in front of a new organization in this specialized industry has taught LOC and its leaders many valuable lessons. Although LOC recognizes that there is still much to learn and much room to improve, the barriers and complications placed upon LOC have assisted greatly in the resolve to succeed and prosper in its stated Mission. Lighthouse of Collier's Children's programs (summer camp and monthly events) have grown by 800% as of 2013. The impact our programs have made on these children and their families have been significant. One of the children, Tommy (12 years old), describes his experience to Fox News: ""The camp is really special to me because people used to make fun of me. Here I feel like people really understand me."" Lighthouse of Collier continues to advocate for funding so that the blind/vision impaired children and adults receive the programs/services to help them socialize, navigate and feel safe in a sighted world. It has been very difficult to secure the additional funding due to the economy, donor fatigue and the amount of non-profits in Collier County. Additional funding is desired in order to responsibly expand our services and outreach to the additional children, adults and families that reside in Collier County, including of course those in lower income and eastern county areas of Golden Gate and Immokalee. Lighthouse of Collier seeks new partners, donors and foundations to assure the expansion of services to the blind/vision impaired. Lighthouse of Collier has not yet been awarded state contracts for the following programs: Blind Babies, Transitional Students.

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Awards & Accreditations

National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation

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Financials

LIGHTHOUSE OF COLLIER

Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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