News from Our Center for Blindness & Vision Loss in Naples FL

Rick Hart speaks with Rabbi Miller

Rick joined the Lighthouse of Collier in February 2015. Helping people who are blind or visually impaired is Rick’s passion. He knows firsthand what it is like to live with vision loss as he was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at age eight. He knows how difficult it can be to get along in a sighted…
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picture of clients aboard the Lady Jane

Freedom Waters takes Lighthouse clients on a boat ride

Last week the Freedom Waters Foundation sponsored a cruise on a 93-foot yacht with twenty-five Lighthouse clients and family members. Due to COVID-19, this was the first group outing in well over a year. People were ready to get out and socialize! Old friends had time to catch up and new friendships were made. The…
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Lighthouse of Collier Scholarship Fund For Students

Lighthouse of Collier Establishes a Scholarship Fund for Students!

We are excited to announce that Lighthouse of Collier has established a scholarship fund to support our local community and future leaders! The scholarship grants will be awarded to Lighthouse of Collier clients who are in high school, college or graduate school. The fund will help recipients complete an undergraduate or graduate education in the…
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Jennifer Nieves, Phyllis Dratnol, Stephany Estremadoiro, and Misty Phillips

Staff News and Notes

Two staff became certified! Congratulations to Jennifer Nieves and Phyllis Dratnol whom both are now Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapists (CVRT). Stephany Estremadoiro promoted to Intake Specialist Stephany Estremadoiro has been promoted to Intake Specialist (also known as Case Manager). She is responsible for the initial contact with the potential client, and for conducting a detailed…
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Summer Camp sign

Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Lighthouse of Collier’s annual summer camps are approaching! The Children’s Summer Camp will be hosted virtually June 14 through July 2, MWF 9am – 2pm. The camp will consist of daily career presentations from guest speakers, as well as cooking, and arts and crafts, activities with an “Around the World” theme. The goal of the…
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Lighthouse of Collier adds to 2 new board members

Lighthouse of Collier is pleased to announce the addition of 2 new members to the Board of Directors. Eloy Ricardo Fire Chief, North Collier Directs North Collier Fire’s all-hazards response efforts. A fundamental element to Ricardo’s management style is the Service First philosophy that guides him in all aspects of his personal and professional life…
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Entering next phase in office re-opening on April 5, 2021

Lighthouse of Collier will be entering the next phase of re-opening the office. On April 5, 2021, we will begin to host small groups in the office, as well as one-on-one appointments. Please contact the office in order to reserve your spot for the group classes as there will be a five-person maximum. For those…
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Joe Meade

Joe Meade received the Art & Sue Bookbinder Award

At Dining in the Dark on March 24, 2021, Joe Meade received the Art & Sue Bookbinder award. This award recognizes individuals or companies that go above and beyond in multiple ways to support our mission, our work and our clients. There is not a more committed person to helping others and giving back to…
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