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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:
The Euclid Support Group
The Euclid Senior Center
1 Bliss Lane Euclid, OH 44123
Meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M.
The Geauga County Support Group
The Geauga County Multi-Purpose Center
12555 Ravenwood Dr. 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.
The Mentor Public Library
8215 Mentor Avenue Mentor, Ohio
Contact: Anne Marble 440-255-8811
Meets on the 2nd Monday of the month from 10 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
South Euclid Low Vision Support Group
South Community Center
1370 Victory Drive South Euclid, OH 44121
Contact: Theresa Grida 216-650-4029
Meets every third Wednesday of the month from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
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 Normandy Support Group
The Normandy Retirement Community
22709 Lake Rd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
Contact: Marcia Siedel, Activities Director 440-333-5401.
Meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. (for residents only)
The Parma Support Group
Donna Smallwood Activities Center & Office on Aging 440-885-8800
7001 W. Ridgewood Dr.
Parma OH 44129
Contact: Chaplain Marion Wojnarowski 216-398-5312
Meets the third Thursday of each month from 12:30 to 2:00 P.M.
The Strongsville Support Group
The Ehrnfelt Senior Center
18100 Royalton Rd.
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.
The Rocky River Senior Center
21014 Hilliard Blvd.
Rocky River, OH 44116
Contact/Leader: Margaret Allen, Activities Director 440-331-1114
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M.
FOCUS – Friends Overcoming and Understanding Sight Loss
The Dover Room at Westlake Village Retirement Community
28550 Westlake Village Drive
Westlake, OH 44145
Contact: Judy Sklarek 440-385-7923
Leader: Julie Mooney
Meets on the first Friday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
Transportation provided by Westlake Senior Center for Westlake residents. For transportation call 440-892-4200.
3646 Rocky River Drive
Cleveland, OH 44111
Leader: Anna Graff
Meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 1:30 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. This group is for residents of Franciscan Village only.
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 1:30 to 2:30 P.M.
The Light of Heart Support Group
The Light of Hearts Villa
283 Union Street
Bedford, OH 44146
Contact: Sue Timmons 440-232-1991
Meets on the second Thursday of each month from 2:00 P.M. to 3:15 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 Orange Support Group
The Orange Senior Center
32000 Chagrin Blvd.
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Contact: Leaders: Joyce Steinhoff 216-292-3662 and Priscilla Hoag 440-338-8351
Meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 P.M.
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.