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January 17, 2014

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January 17, 2014

I spent the morning observing Miami Lighthouse for the Blind's SGA program for seniors. It was amazing. The work they do, under the guidance of Program Coordinator Nelba Gonzalez, is truly "art,” in every sense of the word, with men and women creating beautiful ceramics, elegant weavings and professional quality paintings.

Nelba has taught them to use their minds, their memory, and their sense of touch, to create beauty. Most importantly, the sense of pride they take from the work they are doing goes a long way towards restoring self respect and independence despite their visual disabilities.

The smiles, the laughter and the feeling of friendship amongst the group as they worked made a deep impression on me. The classroom has seating for 50 at long tables, with 150 in the program. Although everyone I spoke to wanted to attend class more often, they are limited to two or three sessions a week because of the real need for additional funds to enlarge this very important program.



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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?

Life-changing

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?

2014

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

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