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Florida Blue Names Miami Lighthouse Winner of
2015 Sapphire Award

Miami Lighthouse was honored at the Florida Blue Foundation’s 2015 Sapphire Awards as an outstanding nonprofit organization in community health care in recognition of distinguished leadership, innovation and achievements in community health. Penny Shaffer, Market President at Florida Blue, said "The Sapphire Awards embody our desire to recognize excellence among organizations, programs and individuals that have made a significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for Florida's at-risk people and communities. Miami Lighthouse for the Blind has demonstrated excellence and serves as a model for others to emulate addressing their community's needs with unmatched dedication and courage." Finalists were selected by an independent panel of experts with state and national expertise in community health best practices. The announcement was at the Sapphire Awards Symposium luncheon on April 23, 2015. Miami Lighthouse is honored to have received such distinguished recognition.

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It's Healthy Vision Month! Make your Vision Last a Lifetime

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Upcoming Events

Celebrating 85 Years of Hope, Confidence and Independence

February 4th, 2016 Miami Lighthouse’s Annual Board Meeting

Miami Lighthouse will host its 2016 annual board meeting on February 4th at 6:00 pm.

February 12th, 2016 McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

On Friday, February 12th, Miami Lighthouse will continue a long tradition by recognizing its 2015 client donors and other volunteers for their support and dedication to the organization at the annual McCrea Family Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

January 28th, 2017 The 85th Diamond Anniversary Gala

The Grand Celebration of the 85th anniversary of Miami Lighthouse, Florida's oldest and largest private agency serving the blind and visually impaired, will take place at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on January 28th 2017.

In the News

Pauline Winick, a Job Coach Who Knows How to Help Job Seekers with Vision Loss Win
When Pauline Winick was Executive Vice President of the NBA's Miami Heat, she admired how great coaches like Pat Riley got the best out of each player. Now she is emulating his locker room speeches as a job coach for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Her clients may have felt sidelined for a while as a result of vision loss, but she wants them to "suit up" in Lighthouse classrooms and immerse themselves in vocational training.

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, VisionAware's Featured Agency
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired featured at VisionAware.

Wish Book: Blind 1-year-old boy needs toys he can hear, feel
For most of his very young life, Brandon Boyd, Jr., has made regular visits to a specialized technician — an ocularist, who makes and fits artificial eyes. Brandon, who just celebrated his first birthday, was born without eyes, the result of a very rare condition called anophthalmia that develops during pregnancy. The diagnosis was a shock to Brandon’s young, first-time parents, Shamiska Miller and Brandon Boyd, who like most people had never heard of the condition. But they’re determined to ensure that Brandon’s blindness doesn’t prevent him from living a full life and accomplishing anything he wants as he grows up..

Wish Book: Abandoned by Family, Blind Grandmother Now Needs Help to Live on Her Own
Jeanette Saffold, 58, a blind grandmother who was recently homeless, and who is seeking furniture for her new but empty apartment, works on a hat rack at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.

Florida Blue Foundation Selects Miami Lighthouse For The Blind To Bring Low Vision Services To Underserved Seniors Affected By Age-Related Eye Disease
Florida Blue Foundation has announced that Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MLB) has been awarded a three-year grant for the purpose of implementing the project “Bringing Low Vision Assessments to Underserved Populations and Training Professionals to Work with Seniors Affected by Age-Related Eye Disease.”

Miami Lighthouse helps launch Spanish version of Comcast’s Xfinity Talking Guide
Roxanne Vargas talks to Thomas J. Wlodkowski, VP of Accessibility for Comcast about the Xfinity talking guide and how it is making life easier for the visually impaired. Click here to watch the video.

Miami Lighthouse Among Top 2% Of Nonprofits In The Nation
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has is in the top two percent of U.S. charities, receiving its eighth consecutive 4-star rating, the highest rating possible, from Charity Navigator in recognition of its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances.

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October 7th ribbon cutting celebration new fourth floor Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center
October 7th ribbon cutting celebration new fourth floor Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center.
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The Blind Visionary
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State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.











Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 2% of U.S. nonprofits having earned eight consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.


Miami Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.












Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.


Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.


2013 and 2014
Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner of the Marlins Foundation and has received over $50,000 in charitable donations from the team to underwrite the cost of providing vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to underserved inner-city schoolchildren who receive eye care through our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program.








Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse's Heiken Children's Vision Program received the bronze medal for their service to thousands of under-served children in public schools at the 2012 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.


Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


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