COVID-19 has presented tremendous challenges for every person throughout our local community and across every corner of our nation. We are facing unprecedented times requiring us to be strong and act in good faith to keep each other safe. Even the fiercest of hurricanes – think Charley and Irma - that have hit our community over the past two decades do not hold a candle to the threat of COVID-19.

We can be thankful that we live in a community with a strong network of human service providers and community partners – non-profit agencies like Lighthouse of SWFL are working diligently to safeguard the welfare of our staff while still reaching out to assist those who rely on us for support and hope.

Lighthouse of SWFL’s team of vision rehabilitation instructors and social workers are adapting our approach to work completely remotely while still providing services and support to individuals of all ages who have vision loss or blindness. With the leadership of management and support staff, the team is equipped with technology and resources to provide services such as teaching lessons for babies and children or assisting adults with grocery shopping using online tools. These services are essential to support their independent living, employment and school success.

Lighthouse of SWFL is acting with an abundance of caution to be safe while we provide support and services to our clients during this time. Our first priority is the safety of our staff and people we serve. People in high risk groups (older adults and people with chronic illnesses) are more vulnerable. Please be safe and exercise caution. Social distancing and self-care (good nutrition, rest, hydration, and exercise) are critical. Be smart – stay home.

Effective March 20th, Lighthouse of SWFL’s entire staff will be working remotely. Our staff is available to assist clients during this challenging time.

Please continue to call Lighthouse of SWFL at 239-997-7797. We will retrieve messages left in our agency’s general mailbox on a daily basis. We will direct messages to the appropriate staff member working off-site.

Generous donations to Lighthouse of SWFL assist us to continue to operate in spite of the challenges COVID-19 continues to present.

Our heartfelt thanks to our funders, donors, staff, Board of Directors, clients, volunteers, and community partners – together we are #Lighthouseswflstrong!

Be well – Dotty St. Amand, CEO