Tarrant County Association for the Blind

aka Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  www.lighthousefw.org

Mission

Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth empowers individuals who are blind through superior training, meaningful employment and one-on-one specialized rehabilitation services so that they lead full lives with the highest level of independence and quality of life. This is accomplished through three programs: Industrial Operations and Sales, Rehabilitation Services and Community Outreach. The Lighthouse is committed to being the most accessible resource available and to developing an ongoing relationship with each individual at the earliest onset of vision loss so as to be there with them for their entire life time. \r\n\r\nAs one of the few socially entrepreneurial nonprofits in the area, Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth is investing our dollars, along with community philanthropic dollars, in programs, services, and jobs right here in Tarrant County. We are proud that we generate an operating revenue stream as we accomplish our mission of providing employment opportunities for working age blind adults. The majority of these dollars are reinvested into the organization to pay salaries and benefits for blind and sighted employees, operational overhead, and the purchase of raw materials for ongoing production. Any surplus income underwrites our Rehabilitation Services which allows us to offer the majority of services at little or no cost to our consumers.\r\n\r\nThe quality of our programs and services is a source of pride for those who are connected with the Lighthouse and a source of comfort for those served. Respectful of our past, proud of our current operations and services, and wildly enthusiastic about our future, we at the Lighthouse believe we have a story and mission worth sharing.

Ruling year info

1966

Principal Officer

Mr. Platt Allen III

Main address

912 W Broadway

Fort Worth, TX 76104 USA

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EIN

75-1228722

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

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Our programs

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Program Overview

You’ve reached Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth, a beacon of HOPE shining out for people who are blind. We’re located at 912 West Broadway, and open Monday through Thursday from 7am to 5:30pm. For over 75 years, the Lighthouse has been providing employment and other supportive services to people with vision loss to increase their independence—providing these services at no charge to over 3000 people annually.  Helping people with vision loss to be self-sufficient and independent is the cornerstone of our work at the Lighthouse. As one of the few socially entrepreneurial nonprofits in the area, we take pride in investing our dollars in programs, services and jobs right here in Tarrant County. Our agency offers valuable skills training and job opportunities to people with vision loss. A few of the 200+ manufactured products available are drug testing kits, copy paper, flares, and packaging and assembly services. Products are available for sale to commercial businesses as well as to local, state and federal government agencies.

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The mission of the Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth is to empower individuals who are blind through superior training, meaningful employment and one-on-one specialized rehabilitation services so that they lead full lives with the highest level of independence and quality of life.

In order to address the national statistic that 70% of working-age blind adults are unemployed or are under-employed, the Fort Worth Lighthouse recognizes there is a need to do more within the blind community in terms of (1) providing job training for unemployed or underemployed job seekers, (2) developing job opportunities within the Lighthouse organization itself and (3) advocating on behalf of working blind individuals who desire to grow professionally.

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Tarrant County Association for the Blind

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2023
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Board chair

Dr. Shannon Shipp

Texas Christian University

Term: 2012 - 2012

Charles Little

Texas A&M University

W.B. (Zim) Zimmerman

City of Fort Worth

R. Alston Roberts

Merril Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith

Charlene Conner

Dallas Baptist University, Dean of Business School

Brian T. Farrington

Law Office of Brian Farrington

Patricia Bradley

Retired, TCU

Elizabeth Campbell

Star-Telegram

Joe Estill

AECOM Federal Services Group

Carolyn King

Retired

Shannon Shipp

Texas Christian University

Lee M. Smith

Lee M. Smith Law Firm

Steve Wood-Smith

Alcon

Johnny Wright

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes