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:


Check back for more information on East Side opportunities.


The Lakewood Division of Aging

The Lakewood Senior Center
16024 Madison Road, Lakewood, OH 44107

Contact: Barry Wemyss, Volunteer Services Supervisor, 216-529-5005,
Meets on the last Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except in July and August when they do not meet.


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.


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.