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



The Euclid Support Group

The Euclid Senior Center 

1 Bliss Lane, 
Euclid, OH 44123 

Contact: 216-289-2985 

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 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. 

Lake County

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 Road, 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 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.

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.

Franciscan Village

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 1:00 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 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 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.