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Lighthouse Guild

Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild logo 2016.png
Motto Vision + Health
Formation 1906
Legal status Nonprofit
Purpose Low-vision services and health care plans
Headquarters New York, New York, USA
Region served
United States
President & CEO
Alan R. Morse
Main organ
Board of Directors

Lighthouse Guild is an American charitable organization, based in New York City, devoted to vision rehabilitation and advocacy for the blind. Its mission statement is "To overcome vision impairment for people of all ages through worldwide leadership in rehabilitation services, education, research, prevention and advocacy."[1]

Lighthouse Guild was officially formed in December 2013 when Lighthouse International (founded in 1905) and Jewish Guild Healthcare (founded in 1914) merged.


Winifred and Edith Holt, two sisters, founded The Lighthouse in 1905. A year later, it was officially incorporated as The New York Association for the Blind Inc, and began providing counseling and instruction. The first formal meeting of the New York Guild for the Jewish Blind was held in 1914. The organization began providing care and support for blind children, and improving physical, mental and economic conditions for blind adults. In 1919, The Guild opened a home in Yonkers, New York, to care for blind children. In the years following, a cottage for blind women and an annex for blind men were added to the home. In 1923, more than a decade after opening the first Lighthouse camp for children with vision loss, River Lighthouse, a second summer program was launched with the opening of Camp Munger. In 1935, the Guild opened the Braille Library, which became famous for transcribing textbooks for blind children. In 1952, The Lighthouse forged an affiliation with the Ophthalmology Foundation to conduct blindness research. In 1960, the New York Guild for the Jewish Blind was renamed The Jewish Guild for the Blind. In 1961, the Guild opened a psychiatric clinic specializing in in blindness. In 1975, the first American Medical Association-accredited professional training program in low vision care was established at The Lighthouse. In 1981, the Pisart Award was inaugurated to recognize a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to the prevention, cure or treatment of severe vision loss or blindness. In 1984, Guildcare, the Guild's Adult Day Health Care Program opened in the Bronx. In 1998, The Lighthouse Inc, became Lighthouse International. In 2003, the Guild awarded the first Alfred W Bressler Prize in Vision Science, a prize given to a professional who has made important advancements in the treatment of eye disease or rehabilitation of persons with vision loss. In 2004, the national GuildScholar Program began awarding scholarships to help legally blind young adults successfully transition to college, to support their post-graduate education, and to facilitate career development. In 2013, Jewish Guild Healthcare and Lighthouse International announced plans to combine as one organization.

Branches and services

Former headquarters at 111 East 59th Street, New York City.

It operates the Arlene R. Gordon Research Institute in New York, and New York Lighthouse Vision Rehabilitation Services.[1]

The volunteer organization Tennis Serves introduced blind tennis in 2011 at Lighthouse International and at the California School for the Blind in Fremont, California.[2]


The organization was headquartered at the Sol and Lillian Goldman Building at 111 East 59th Street in New York City.[3] This portion of East 59th Street was named Lighthouse Way in 1994.[1] After the merger with The Jewish Guild, the organization moved to 250 West 64th Street.[4]

Percentage devoted to programs

The New York Times in 2002 reported that Lighthouse at the time used 80 percent of its $28 million annual budget on its programs.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Krotz, Joanna L. (November 18, 2002). "Strategy: The Lighthouse Focuses On Donors New and Old". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Lin, Thomas (June 4, 2012). "Hitting the Court, With an Ear on the Ball". The New York Times. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "About". Lighthouse International. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1] (official site)

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