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Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation Inc

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Causes: Education, Special Education

Mission: The georgia lions lighthouse foundation provides vision and hearing services through education, detection, prevention and treatment. Through collaborative partnerships we enable greater independence and increased quality of life for georgians in financial need.

Programs: In 2013, the georgia lions lighthouse foundation provided over 550 eye surgeries to uninsured georgians who had no other resource to save or regain sight. The lighthouse facilitates corneal transplants, cataract and retinal surgeries, and surgeries to prepare eye sockets for prosthetic eyes. We also provide surgery for diabetes-related vision loss and keratoconus. Our partnerships with over 200 ophthalmologists, hospitals, and other medical providers enable us to provide eye surgeries for one-fifth the typical cost.

georgia lions lighthouse clinics , in 2013, provided over 6,500 people vision services. Our mobile clinic transfers equipment and sample eyeglass frames to 26 partner, non-profit health clinics thoughtout ga. Volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists provide eye exams, and populations at risk for eye disease are educated in prevention of these conditons. After receiving eye services, patients are given prescription eyewear at our chamblee optical lab.

georgia lions lighthouse, in 2013, provided 2,500 hearing aids to clients. In addition, each client received four follow up visits. We have strengthened our partnerships with hearing aid providers, and our community engagement and education has increased through various screenings.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

The organization as a whole is amazing and there is none other like it. The services it provides are great to those that do not have vision and hearing insurance or are living on a fixed income. Being a former staff member I can say first hand that the organization has made some definite strides in growing the program over the past few years. The previous program director and programs team did a great job with providing customer service and services statewide. The program staff have been able to secure new partnerships and create new opportunities for the organization. Now as far as executive leadership I can not say as many good things. The previous executive director started out very promising but was found to be involved in wrong doing(basically mismanagement and inappropriate use of donor funds and company credit cards). Kudos to the BOD for acting to remove that person from the position. Unfortunately, the two interim executive directors did not do much in the way to make the organization any better. (Specifically the CFO should have been let go due to neglect of the position which allowed the previous ED to conduct misuse of funds and not being present to provide checks and balances) Both of the interim EDs did not serve a purpose to the organization, from one not consistently being available in the office and not conducting business in a timely manner (from unpaid bills to lack of leadership and favoritism) to the other just filling a space and collecting a pay check. Sadly I am told from current staff members that the programs have diminished with the departure of three long time staff members. It is my hope that with the new ED in place that this place gets back on track and rebuilds partnerships that the interim EDs decided to let go. This organization is a great and need trustworthy, mission minded people working behind the scenes to fulfill its mission.

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation has been a blessing to me and my family. This organization does a great job assisting those of us that otherwise have no means to do so. We all know that hearing aids and glasses can be very expensive and I am grateful for a program like this one in our state.

Not sure what experience the previous reviewer had (seems like they are a complainer-the letter I received clearly stated that the clinic is open Tues, Wednesday and Thursday, Also I can understand not allowing another person to be able to pick up someone's glasses b/c they may need adjusting or there may be some other issue- some people just want everything handed to them even after receiving a free/discounted service), but I have experience nothing but kindness, superb professionalism and quality service from these folks. The staff is always friendly and willing to help out.

My family and I have received glasses and my mother received hearing aids through this organization.

I recommend this resource to anyone that in need of glasses, eye exams and hearing aids with low income. It is a very valuable resource that we in Georgia are lucky to have.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

GA Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. has had me jumping over hurdles & through loops for five months with the promise of eyeglasses. Now they tell me to take a hike. Assuming that power existed from the beginning, that power should have been exercised less than five (5) months ago. Tues Wed Thurs 10am-4pm pickup excluding lunch hour was not mentioned in the application as I recall. Program Director, Supervisor, and Manager, state GA Lions bent over backwards. However they won't let me designate a rep for pick up (even DFACS for Food Stamps/SNAP & IRS for tax purposes allow that). Delivery was reportedly attempted twice. My request to pay for shipping to a different address in a different city at my own PRE-PAID expense, was flat out denied without explanation. Nor was an explanation given for the denial of a pick up designee.

I wonder just how many of Georgia's working/unemployed poor have glasses collecting dust in Chamblee (DeKalb County) or worse how many thousands of donated dollars have been recycled. The reason eludes me.

Review from Guidestar