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November 26, 2012

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November 26, 2012

Our Kids of Miami-Dade/ Monroe is the lead Community-Based Care Agency for Miami-Dade & Monroe counties. We are dedicated to overseeing and leading a coordinated system of care delivering excellence to abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families. We have been working with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and the South Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program for several years now and they have proven to be an absolutely invaluable resource to our clients. Thanks to their efforts, hundreds of at-risk youth in the Florida foster care system have received much needed vision services and eyeglasses.
The South Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has also made a major contribution to our Independent Living Program which serves young adults who have aged out of foster care and are working to become self-sufficient. Many of these young adults do not qualify for Medicaid, making access to quality vision services very difficult. The South Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program and Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has served as the bridge to connect our young adults with much-needed vision care services, allowing them to be more successful both in school and at work. We are truly thankful for this wonderful resource which benefits the most vulnerable young people in our community.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 19, 2012

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November 19, 2012

From my first visit to my latest interaction with the Miami Lighthouse, I am constantly thankful that I was blessed to have an amazing, caring and professional organization such as the Miami Lighthouse helping me with my son. I first found out about the Miami Lighthouse when my son was diagnosed with ocular albinism at 3 months old in 2006, this condition leads to very poor vision at a time when most of a child's learning is done visually. I immediately researched what I had to do by consulting with doctors, hospitals and organizations in the Miami area and they all pointed me in one direction the Miami Lighthouse. The Miami Lighthouse became a one-stop-shop for vision therapy to prevent further vision loss, physical therapy such as gripping and coordination, speech therapy and information on next steps. Developmentally, he was falling behind his cousin who was a few weeks younger until he started therapy and quickly caught up. The Miami Lighthouse provided therapy at home and at the blind babies program for no charge. More importantly, it gave me the peace of mind that my son was in the best hands possible. As he was getting ready to enter school, the Miami Lighthouse helped me find a program for him and guided the school, teachers, staff and parents through the transition. I strongly believe that the Miami Lighthouse has helped him to become the confident and vibrant child he is today. Given their wide arrange of programs, from new born to the elderly, I can honestly say that I plan to be involved with the Miami Lighthouse for a long time.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 19, 2012

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November 19, 2012

My 92 year old mother developed Age Related Macular Degeneration on both eyes about 10 years ago. As with so many diseases of the eye, unfortunately there is no cure. We went to the Miami Lighthouse to see their Low vision specialist, Rosemary Gonzalez. Rosemary was very sweet and patient and explained to us that the visual aids we already had were the best we could hope for at the time. She did not try to sell us anything more and the exam was completely free. She did refer us to Nelba Gonzalez who heads Social Group Activities. SGA is a free service that allows adults and elderly clients develop and/or reacquaint themselves with their artistic skills. Mom, who loved to paint and work on ceramics, was thrilled. I then became a volunteer and donor. I have partnered with coworkers to help stuff around 2000 audio newsletter that go out twice a year. I have also volunteered at fund raising events.
I have visited the facilities unannounced on multiple occasions and have always been impressed by the compassion shown to the clients, the orderliness and professionalism exhibited by the staff and have always felt my assistance appreciated and recognized. I love helping them and plan to continue to do so as long as I can.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 17, 2012

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November 17, 2012

My name is Paula St. Myer; I am the mother of Juan Paniagua "JP"......he is 13 years old and blind since he was 3; when we were in the hospital someone told us about the Miami Lighthouse and to be honest I was a little bit hesitant to go there, however we went and once we got there it was like seeing light after a lot of darkness.....my son was still a baby and we didn't really know what was going on, it is very scary, specially for you as a parent not knowing what to tell your kid or how to react to some questions like "why I can't see?" "Am I different?" and things like that. The first thing we learned was that he is not different form any other person, that being blind is not an illness and that we had to accept it and learn to live with it....they taught him how to diferentiate textures and he got his first braille words. Everybody at the Lighthouse was super nice, professional and eager to help us. It is a great team, a wonderful group of people doing an excepcional job with babies, kids, teens and adults; they treat all of us with respect and love, it is a biggggggg family!! I only have wonderful memories for me and speacilly for my son at the Lighthouse throughtout these years, can't be grateful enough for all they've done for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 16, 2012

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November 16, 2012

I came to Miami Lighthouse through my role as a optometrist and a founding member of the Heiken Childrens Vision Fund. The Miami Dade Optometric Association established this fund in 1992 to provide free eye exams and necessary eyeglasses to financially disadvantaged children attending Miami Dade Public Schools who failed their state-mandated vision screenings and had no way to receive eye care. In 2007, we merged with Miami Lighthouse to insure our program would continue to serve needy children in Greater Miami. This successful merger has allowed the program to now serve over 40 counties throughout Florida. Over 100,000 children have received free eye care as a result of this marvelous merger that improves individual school performance, learning, and self-esteem. I am very proud of the entire team at Miami Lighthouse and proud to be a member of the Board of Directors for the last 5 years. This is a very efficient nationally recognized charity that deserves strong support. Alan Levitt,OD

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 16, 2012
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November 16, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

My Name is Luz Marina Rosenfeld, I lost my vision about 19 months ago. I felt my life ended, when I went there, I meet Virginia Jacko, she is my mentor, she put me in the right road to be a profesional. I went back to College, graduate and License, now I do Events that raise money for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually impaired. They show me my life can change without vision, in the begining it was hard but YOU go there and they teach you, and the Technology is out of this world. The Teachers are so compacionated and exemplary that you feel yes, you can see without vision, it sounds strange but I see now more than before. Cannot find the words to say THANKS FOR GIVING ME MY LIFE BACK, I GAIN MY INDEPENDENCE, AND LOVING LIFE MORE THAN BEFORE. The Miami Lighthoue is the perfect place when you loose your vision, they are prepare to give you skill, tools and all the help that you need to be incharge of your life again, going out again with my guide dog, she is my car and the freedom that a human being need after such a Catastrofic experience. I could sit here and right all day how much they did for me and they continue changing lifes, they change mine and I love them for the rest of my life. Love you Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually impaired. As I go with my life you start saying how do I do all this things without vision, like cooking, baking, taking care of my family, going to school and keeping up with getting good grades and being the best you can be. They taugh me a great lesson, you can do what ever you can do with your life, and have change my life around, has change my City adding Talking Lights, explain, they talk and aware you when to cross the street, and we can cross how they taugh us, going by the flow of the cars. is so wonderful that I will never stop talking about, My City Doral has installed 8 in my City of Doral, with the help of Virginia Jacko the CEO, and Mobility Instructor Manager Mr, John Platt. They came and listen to me and help to make a presentation to the Mayor of the City Of Doral, and now I represent The Blind and Visually impaired in the City of Doral, have change myself so many lifes and still changing peoples life, they dont only teach about blindness, they recover your soul. Thanks for giving me this such a great positive attitude for life.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 22, 2009

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September 22, 2009

My Miami Lighthouse experience was enlightening and fulfilling every day. I entered the Lighthouse totally blind with no skills to allow me a normal existence. Within three months I was an expert at walking with a white cane, handling daily living skills and computer skills using JAWS. After four months by the time I graduated, I also learned to read and write contracted Braille. The staff was always helpful and courteous and challenged me to improve every day. I cannot say enough good things about the Miami Lighthouse. I only wish there were more places like it so more people could get the help they need. I have been blind now for two and a half years, yet I live a very normal, healthy and productive life. I have a wonderful guide dog that helps me travel quickly and efficiently anywhere I want to go. I take public transportation including busses, trains and airplanes and travel to cities that I don’t even know. With the skills that are taught at the Miami Lighthouse a blind person like me can learn more than to survive, they can have a life that thrives.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The enriching environment and experience that they provide every day.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Exceptional and helpful always.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide help for so many more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 10, 2009

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March 10, 2009

Don't believe what their money grubbing promotions say. They help "millions" No they don't. I called the MD office to see about free or low cost help with my inability to see in the dark anymore and they wanted to charge me $360! They gave me no help except to call the social security office and get medicare!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not at all

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

close it down

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

nothing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unhelpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do nothing just hold it in their bank account

Ways to make it better...

they could actually help low-income uninsured people. instead of just telling me to call Medicare

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to help individuals

One thing I'd also say is that...

don't believe their mailings

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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