Self Help Groups

Self-help groups provide valuable insight and empathy to those who have lost vision. These groups allow people an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with others going through similar experiences.

Many of these groups are led by blind persons and are assisted by sighted volunteers. Their experiences help others cope with the emotions felt due to vision loss. Clients of all ages are invited to gather with others at one of these various locations: 

East Side
West Side
South Side
Cleveland Area

 

EAST SIDE



The Geauga County Support Group

The Geauga County Multi-Purpose Center 

12555 Ravenwood Drive, 
Chardon, OH 44024 

Contact: Faye Weber 440-543-4389 

Meets on the second Monday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M. 



WEST SIDE

The Lakewood Division of Aging, Retina Associates, and the Macular Vision Research Foundation Low Vision Support Group

The Lakewood Senior Center
16024 Madison Road, Lakewood, OH 44107
Contact: Director 216-521-1515
Leader: Melverne VonKoschembahr, co-facilitating with Retina Associates/Macular Degeneration Foundation staff.
Meets on the last Friday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M, except in July and August when they do not meet.

The Strongsville Support Group

The Ehrnfelt Senior Center
18100 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH 44136
Contact: Sheena Wright, Family Preservation Coordinator 440-580-3276
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

SOUTH SIDE

The Independence Support Group

The Independence Civic Center
6363 Selig Drive, Independence, OH 44131
Coordinator: Marilyn Senick 216-524-7373
Contact: Elaine Kukral 216-524-5434
Meetings on the last Friday of even numbered months. Meetings will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M.

The Maple Heights Support Group

The Maple Heights Senior Center
15901 Libby Road, Maple Heights, OH 44137
Contact: Mrs. Jessie M. Giles 216-518-0596
Meets on the first Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M.

CLEVELAND AREA

The VIP’s

The Murtis Taylor Center
13422 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, OH 44120
Contact: Barbara Moore 216-283-4400, ext. 2359
Meets on the first Thursday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00 P.M.