Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

To provide vision rehabilitation, eye health services and education that promote independence,
to collaborate with and train professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.

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Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center

New 4th Floor Officially Opened on October 7th

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired hosted the official dedication of the Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center on Tuesday, October 7th. Barry E. Johnson, President & CEO of Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, emceed the ceremonies at 601 SW 8th Avenue, as Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Senator Gwen Margolis, Commissioner Sally Heyman and major supporters cut the ribbon celebrating the new learning center for blind and visually impaired teenagers and adults. The event, sponsored by Walgreen Co., Northern Trust and Nostro Jones, P.A, also recognized the firm of OHL Arellano Construction for its pro-bono role as General Contractor and MGE Architects.

Miami Lighthouse For The Blind And OHL Arellano Construction Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony At 601 SW 8th Avenue

You’ve read the headlines—Miami Lighthouse expands its facility! What you haven’t read is that OHL Arellano Construction is providing pro bono general contracting services so that blind teenagers can transition successfully from high school to higher education or mainstream employment. Elected officials, community leaders, media and other supporters of Miami Lighthouse attended the groundbreaking ceremony for our Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center, a new fourth floor wing for blind youth, on July 15th at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 601 SW 8th Avenue, Miami.

“During 2012 Miami Lighthouse served 9,350 clients, an increase of 27 percent over 2008 and a five-fold increase since 2006, the year before the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program became part of Miami Lighthouse, growing from 1,700 clients to 9,350. With our new fourth floor, Miami Lighthouse will have the capacity to serve this growing number of people affected by vision loss,” said CEO Virginia Jacko.

This project represents a partnership between Miami Lighthouse and OHL Arellano Construction which also provided pro bono general contracting services for our third floor expansion in 2006-2007. “OHL Arellano Construction has a long history of supporting nonprofits in our community, and this project is representative of our commitment to Miami-Dade-County,” said Agustin Arellano, Jr., Vice President, Finance/CFO, OHL Arellano Construction.

We express our appreciation to contributors who made matching gifts to the Sash A. Spencer Educational Empowerment Center which made this expansion possible. Other contributors to the match were The Reverend Marta Weeks, Jan and Dan Lewis, Penny and Roe Stamps, Jacquelyn Hegamyer Hinckley and Katharine Hegamyer, Miami Lighthouse Ruby Jubilarians and others.



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 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned ten 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 Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.


Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.




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.


Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.


Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.


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


Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 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.