Volume 21 - January, 2021
Looking Ahead to a New Year
SiTerrya greets clients at the new Lighthouse lobby

Dear Friends,

As we enter 2021, Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches is excited to share many changes happening within our organization. We have successfully separated from Gulfstream Goodwill and are now a fully independent non-profit organization with a new location. We are slowly starting to safely serve clients at our new location. If you are comfortable with coming in person for services, please don't hesitate to contact us at 561-586-5600. Our new address is:

5601 Corporate Way, Suite #210
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

You will find us in the Mizner Place office complex located east of I-95 and 45th Street, near JFK North Hospital. All safety protocols are in place and mask wearing is mandatory.

We are also excited to be entering our 75th year of providing services for the blind and visually impaired. Throughout this year we will share memories and historic photos on social media and in our monthly newsletters in a new feature called "A Look Back."

Our 75th celebration also includes a new branding campaign that incorporates the tagline “Independence for the Blind and Visually Impaired.” Our goal for 2021 is to increase awareness about our services and that our mission is greater than serving persons who are blind, but for those who are visually impaired as well. We serve individuals from birth to over 100 years of age, either in person or virtually.


We hope you will join us in this historic year either as a client, donor or event attendee. Our social events will slowly begin to resume once the CDC recommends it is safe. Until then, please visit our website and Facebook pages for updates.

Thank you as always for your support and generosity during these uncertain times, and most of all please stay safe.


Mary Allen
Interim Executive Director   
A Look Back.......
An ongoing pictorial flashback from 75 years of service.
Axel Wichfeld presenting check to Bobby Johnson
1946
Alex Wichfeld, President of Thrift, Inc. presenting a check for $10,000 to Lions Industries Chairman, Bobby Johnson at the official ground breaking ceremony in April, 1946.

Bessemer Properties donated a 100' X 200' lot at 7810 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.
Original Lighthouse building on Dixie Hwy.
The West Palm Beach Lions Club founded Lions Industries for the Blind with its primary function to provide employment for the blind.

The original building served the blind until 1974 when a major expansion began to double the space from 8,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet.

In 1988, expansion began again adding another 11,600 square feet.

Lighthouse operated out of this building for 60 years, from
1946 - 2006.
Holiday Surprises at Lighthouse
Miles with a mask on receiving a gift
Miles enjoys his gift and treats at the Youth Holiday Drive-thru Party.
Reyna helped greet the kids and rang the bells
Reyna greeted all of the cars and rang bells to help make the event festive and fun!
Christian about to unwrap his gift
Christian was so excited he unwrapped his gift from the safety of his back seat.
Many thanks to the generous sponsors and donors who made the
Youth Holiday Drive-thru possible:
American Heritage School Cares Club, Delray Beach
Cano Manning Eye Center, West Palm Beach
Chick- fil-A, Northlake Blvd, Lake Park
Irishmen Pub, Boca Raton
Retina Care Specialists
West Palm Beach/Wellington Lions Club
Lyssa Dznsfrzend
Dr. and Mrs. Scott Gartner
Helen Govrin
Bonnie Laso
Carmencita Mitchell
Dawn Pitts
Iliana Ramos
3 adult clients holding a Wal-mart gift card
Walmart Helps Make Holidays Brighter
Walmart of Lake Park helped Lighthouse provide gift cards for a few adult clients who needed a little extra help this holiday season.

Many used the card to purchase gifts for their family and purchased food for their holiday meal.

Thank you Walmart for your generosity and helping make the holidays bright.
Calendar of Events:
Thursday, January 28 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm - Virtual Book Club
e-mail dsalina@lhpb.org to register.

Saturday, February 6 10 am - Youth Valentine's Day Party at the new Lighthouse. To attend you must email estevens@lhpb.org.

Friday, February 19 12 pm to 1pm - - Virtual Book Club
e-mail dsalina@lhpb.org to register.

Tuesday, March 9 - enVision 20/20 Luncheon - POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC. RESCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 9, 2021.