State Projects

State Projects

Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey

29 Newfield Street

East Orange, NJ 07017-5410

Tel: 973-673-6384 Fax: 973-673-0803

http://www.abanj.org

Mrs. Pansy King

 

State Chairperson: Monsignor Emmanuel Capozzelli

 

This Association became a state project in 1983. Lions provide funds that enable blind New Jersey athletes to compete in national and international “Blind Olympiads.” Funds are used to provide training facilities, transportation and other expenses involved in preparing for or participating in the games. Proven athletes help with the training of a new generation of blind athletes.

 

 

Concordia Learning Center at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind

761 Summit Ave ,

Jersey City , NJ 07307

Tel: 201-876-5432 Ext. 112

Web: www.clcnj.org

 

Judy Ortman, Executive Director

 

Since 1891, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind has been providing specialized services to individuals with visual impairments across New Jersey.  Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Jersey City the school has evolved into Concordia Learning Center.  Concordia is home to the SJSB Early Intervention Program, St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, In-District Support Service, Adult Services (RAP) and an Early Childhood Education Program.  Concordia Learning Center is now and always has been a non-profit, non-sectarian agency accepting children of every race, creed and national origin.  Most importantly, the school remains the only school for the blind in New Jersey and today includes services for those with multiple disabilities.

 

school is a private non-profit agency owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. The purpose of the school is to serve blind, visually impaired and blind multi-disabled childrer from infancy to 21 years of age. Service to the multi· handicapped began in 1962. The children, in addition to being visually impaired, have one or more of the following handicaps: epilepsy; brain damage; cerebral palsy; emotional problems muteness; and deafness. The ultimate purpose is to educate children, multiple handicapped blind, to the extent of their ability to learn, to train them in the activities of daily living and to provide pre-vocational training.

 

The school provides a ten-month program that will foster physical, emotional, intellectual, social, functional, and effective growth of each student. This is achieved by means of an excellent staff to student ratio, highly individualized instruction and a caring and consistent environment. In terms of curriculum this means training in daily living skills, arts and crafts, mobility skills, physical therapy, listening skills, pre-vocational skills concept development, music therapy, socialization ane recreation activities.

Physical facilities include fully equipped kitchen, indool swimming pool, gymnasium and pre-vocational skills center.

 

 

Challenged Children's Charity Corp (Helen L. Diller Vacation Home):

 P.O. Box 338

127 26th Street

Avalon, NJ 08202

609-927-7839

 

State Chairperson: Charles Covington (cpcovington@comcast.net)

 

Since 1972, The Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children, located at 126 27th Street in Avalon, NJ has been providing a seashore escape for visually impaired children, with supervision from experienced and certified counselors and administrators.  Since many of these children come from families with limited financial means, the vacation experience is provided to them at no charge.  The camp operates for eight weeks during the summer months, from mid-June to mid-August, with approximately 20 children (ages 7-15) attending weekly.  Support of The Home is provided by volunteerism, Tim Kerr Charities, the Avalon Lions Club and the NJ State Lions Club, private donations and foundation grants.  The Home is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization under the name “Challenged Children’s Charities Corporation.”  For more information about the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children, please visit www.dillerblindhome.org

 

Housing and United Services

47 Center Avenue

Leonardo, NJ 07737-1533

Michael Marrazzo, Executive Director

Tel: 732-872-1990 Fax: 732-291-7216

http://www.husnj.net/

 

This project was adopted at the 2001 State Convention. The organization serves blind and the sight impaired in such areas as comprehensive information and referral service, housing information and consultations, multi-media transcription services (raille, large print, audio cassettes, etc.), transportation consultations, organization planning, counseling people with blindness and adjustment counseling of the newly blind and their families. A newsletter providing information on these programs and services is published periodically.

 

John D. Young Memorial Lions Blind Center, Inc.

100 Crestview Avenue

Absecon, NJ 08201

Tel: 609-677-1199

Ann Burns, Director (annburns@lionsblindcenter.org)

 

State Chairperson: Lionel "Lee" Crossman, PDG (lcrossman@aol.com)

 

The Lions Blind Center serves the blind and visually impaired community of Atlantic county and North Cape May County. It helps to empower the blind and visually impaired to set goals and to achieve in an environment where sight loss will not impede progress. The new facility in Absecon helps to open the world of high tech to the blind and visually impaired. It offers computer classes, exercise classes, Braille and peer support. The Center also provides information, referral and advocacy.

 

 

Learning Ally The New Jersey Unit

20 Roszel Rd Road

Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609-750-1830

 

This has been an approved sight project for the Lions of New Jersey since 1979. It is the only national non-profit organization that supplies free-on-Ioan recorded textbooks, library services and other educational resources to people who cannot read standard print material. It is used by people who are visually impaired, dyslexic or have other physical disabilities. All donations from New Jersey Lions go to the New Jersey Unit, which produces recorded material in digital and analog form for textbooks from kindergarten through graduate school. This Unit also has an outreach program to help students from, New Jersey through RFB&D’s “Learning Through Listening” TM program Your support makes their academic success possible.

 

Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley, Inc.

401 North 3rd Street, Suite 305

Philadelphia, PA 19123-4101

Tel: 1-800-743-6667 Fax: 215-563-3081

Web: http://www.lebdv.org

 

Jim Quirk, President/CEO

 

State Chairperson: William Hansen

 

Lions Clubs members from the states of New Jersey, Delaware and southeast Pennsylvania founded the LEBDV in 1957. What was once a volunteer effort has grown into a professional, nonprofit organization. Since 1957, the eye Bank has provided tissue for more than 30,000 individuals who have received the “Gift of Sight” through corneal transplant. Countless others haVE been helped through medical research and education make possible with tissue recovered by the eye Bank staff.

Mission Statement: The Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is committed to enhancing a person’s quality of life by restoring or improving vision through corneal transplantation, medical research and education.

Vision Statement: The Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley will be the region’s leader in the procurement and processing of the highest quality ocular tissue.

 

Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey

77 Brant Avenue

Suite 100

Clark, NJ 07066

800-653-9379;  F: 973-921-1221

Web: http://www.lionseyebanknj.org

Executive Director: Margaret G. Chaplin

 

State Chairperson: Elspeth Moore, PCC

 

The Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey (LEBNJ) was founded in 1970 at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of Newark. Known then as the Eye Bank of New Jersey, it became the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey in 1988 when it became a Multiple District 16 Project, and in 1993, became a State project. LEBNJ serves the 14 northern and central counties of New Jersey.

 

On August 25, 2005, LEBNJ became a subsidiary of Midwest Eye-Banks, headquartered in Michigan. Midwest eye-banks is a nonprofit corporation that also owns and operates Illinois eye-bank and Michigan eye-bank. LEBNJ is accredited by the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA).

The mission of LEBNJ is the restoration of sight through (1) recovery, evaluation and distribution of corneal tissue for transplantation; (2) research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; (3) public and professional education programs that support eye, organ, and tissue donation; (4) eye banking services offered at no charge when patients are unable to afford transplant procedures.

 

The Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey operates as a 501(c)(3) public charity with a 15-member board of trustees. Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, a majority of the board members must be Lions from New Jersey. Two other members of the board are from Midwest Eye-Banks, and two board members from LEBNJ serve on the Midwest board.

 

LEBNJ Board of Trustees

Chairperson……………….. Lion Lois Schembs, PCS 16E

Vice Chairperson………….

Secretary………………….. Lion Horace Brown, PDG 16B

Treasurer………………….. Lion Stanley Grossman, PID 16-E

Lion Kenneth Mattfield, PDG 16E

Lion Eugene Renkar, PDG 16E

Rev. Lion Lois Schembs, PCS 16E

Bradley Tennant VP for Clinical Operations, Midwest Eye Banks

Lion Benjamin Yashinski, PDG 16D

Lion Elspeth Moore, PCC 16A

Lion Richard Chittum, PDG 16A

 

Lions Eye Research Foundation of New Jersey, Inc.

P.O. Box 8207

Princeton, NJ 08540

Executive Director Jim Hynes

Tel: 609-275-1691 Fax: 609-275-5816

E-mail: NJLERF@aol.com

 

A fully independent, charitable organization which serves Lions Multiple District 16. It is unique in that all Lions in good standing in New Jersey are automatically members of this Foundation. The Board of Trustees is composed of five elected trustees from each of the 5 sub-districts and as well as each of the 5 current District Governors as voting Trustees of the Board. The aim of the Foundation is to raise money through individual contributions, corporate grants, Club donations and various fundraisers, and to use the money to support eye research, and to help provide necessary equipment used in the service of eye research. The current focus is to raise money for the Lions Ophthalmology Research Chair at UMDNJ. The interest from the Chair Fund will support research efforts to develop new treatments for the major causes of blindness. The Chair will not support any salaries and such incidental expenses as travel to meetings.

 

NOTE: LERF is not a state project but is a state sight organization founded by New Jersey Lions from all districts.

 

Music Association for the Visually Impaired Students of New Jersey (MAVIS)

P.O. Box 173

Woodbridge, NJ 07095-0173

Attn: Ed Tauber, President

Tel: 732-826-8216 Fax: 732-254-3795

Web: www.mavisofnj.org

 

Voted a state project at the 2005 State Convention, MAVIS is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing musical instruments and specialized music instruction to legally blind persons throughout the State. Students benefit by gaining confidence, greater independence and improved opportunities for socialization and employment.

 

MAVIS receives referrals from the NJ Commission for the Blind and other sources. MAVIS will then provide the student with the instrument of their choice and reimburse the student or family for the instruction received. Due to budgetary constraints, MAVIS has a backlog of people awaiting entry to the program.

 

 

New Jersey Blind Citizens Association, Inc. (Camp Happiness)

18 Burlington Avenue

Leohardo, NJ 07737

Tel & Fax: 732-291-0878

Stacey Stefanski, President

E-mail: NJBLlND@aol.com

 

State Chairperson: Clarence Brown

 

Camp Happiness is wholly owned and operated by New Jersey Blind citizens Association, and is the oldest blind organization in the state. It was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1917.

 

Today, Camp Happiness is a year-round facility for the blind. The day program offers a host of projects and activities. The computer program, featuring a narrative software (Jaws) and zoom text, has become the cornerstone of the day program. A new computer program for blind/visually impaired children commenced in 2005. The Lions of New Jersey provide invaluable financial and work program support for the Camp.

 

New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, Inc. (Camp Marcella)

P.O. Box 422

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07064

Tel: 973-728-9085

Michael Pacala, President

E-mail: pactool@aol.com

 

State Chairperson: Paula Tarantino, PDG

 

The New Jersey Camp for Blind Children, commonly known as Camp Marcella, Inc., has provided a summer camping experience for blind children for over a half a century. It has grown into the premier facility it is today primarily from the support of the NJ Lions. A two week camping experience is provided each summer for visually impaired children ranging in age from 5 through 16. Activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, skating, bicycle riding, basketball, bowling and arts and crafts are provided. In addition, a computer facility and a library are also available for the campers’ use. 

 

NJ Foundation for the Blind (Diamond Spring Lodge)

230 Diamond Spring Road

Suite 100

Denville, NJ 07834

Tel: 973-627-0055 Fax: 973-627-1622

Website: www.njffb.org

Executive Director David Feinhals

 

The NJ Foundation for the Blind, once known as Diamond Spring Lodge, is the leading nonprofit organization in NJ offering a continuum of dynamic programs that provides the emotional support and practical training necessary for adults with severe vision loss to return to a full and meaningful life.

 

Our one-day Essential Low Vision Program provides immediate information to individuals with vision loss and their family members about the myriad of products, services and resources that exist to help people maintain their independence.

 

The Comprehensive Core Program provides thirteen days of instruction over thirteen weeks in the areas of home management and orientation & mobility, as well as training on Apple's iPad and iPhone for using the Internet, email and specialized apps for daily living. Monthly iPad and iPhone Demonstrations provide an overview of the devices; their integrated apps and accessibility features; and specialized apps designed for the blind and visually impaired.

 

Our weekly Better Health & Wellness Program is designed to provide a whole-health approach to living with vision loss. Each program is comprised of courses such as Yoga, Tai Chi Chih, Healing through Drumming, Horticultural Therapy and Peer Support Group, and is offered in Bergen, Essex and Morris Counties, with a fourth location planned. Additional classes, such as art, pottery, line dancing, and braille bingo are offered exclusively in Morris County.

 

With the long-time support of NJ Lions Clubs, NJ Foundation for the Blind is pleased to provide the latest in technology, healing arts, and professional guidance to those who are blind or visually impaired.

 

 

New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center

P.O. Box 7263

West Trenton, NJ 08628

NJERC@aol.com

Tel & Fax: 609-530-3485

http://njlerc.org/

 

The Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program was adopted as an official project of the Lions Clubs International in October 1994, and approved as a state project in May 2000. The goal of the program is to promote eyeglass collection and recycling to meet the demand for quality eyeglasses in developing nations.

 

All Lions clubs involved in eyeglass collection are asked to send eyeglasses, eyeglass frames and sunglasses including cataract glasses to the Center, c/o Katzenbach School for the Deaf, 320 Sullivan Way, West Trenton, NJ 08628.

 

At the eyeglass recycling center, Lions and other volunteers inspect and clean individual pairs of eyeglasses and prepare them for shipment to Lions eye care missions and other organizations overseas.

 

Eyeglass collection is simple and an inexpensive way to become part of this program and assist others worldwide.

 

Officers:

 

President : Alan Brewer, PCC

Executive Director & Secretary: Mary Devon O'Brien, PCC

 

NJ Training School A/K/A Jamesburg Home for Boys

1 State Home Road

P.O. Box 500

Monroe, NJ 08831

Tel: 732-521-0030 (School)

 

The NJ Training School is located just off the New Jersey Turnpike, in Middlesex County. For over 50 years, the Lions Clubs of New Jersey have been supporting this project. It is known to Lions as Jamesburg Home for Boys. The function of the facility is to help wayward, juvenile boys. Lions have tried to provide educational experiences with tools and equipment plus recreational services. In the past, Lions have provided athletic equipment, uniforms and an indoor swimming pool for recreation.

 

For job training, Lions have provided an extensive optical lab and boys are trained to make and repair all the eyeglasses for the NJ prison system. Recently, Lions purchased a computerized embroidery machine. This trains them not only in the use of the equipment, but they also must know computers, mathematics and learn business skills. They embroider items for people and must learn pricing. All these experiences will prepare them to be better skilled and prepared for employment in a trade upon their release.

 

 

South Jersey Eye Center, Inc.

400 Chambers Avenue

Camden, NJ 08103

Tel: 856-365-1811; 856-365-1811; Fax: 856-365-1379

Web: http://www.sjeyecenter.org

Executive Director: Dr. Shelby Baker  sbaker@sjeyecenter.org

 

State Chairperson: Barbara Kidawa

 

The South Jersey Eye Center has been providing vital eye care services to the residents of Camden City and surrounding South Jersey since 1961.

 

The SJEC is the only freestanding nonprofit 501(c)(3) facility of its kind in the State of New Jersey completely dedicated to providing free and low cost eye care to poor, low and moderate income, uninsured and underinsured and homeless residents. . Because the community need remains so great, we have resolved to keep our main office in Camden, NJ, but have added satellite locations over the years. These include:


• The South Jersey Eye Center in Blackwood located at the Camden County Health & Executive Campus at Lakeland


The centerpiece of the South Jersey Eye Center is its 34-foot Mobile Vision Clinic that is completely equipped with ophthalmic instrumentation and makes its services accessible to schools, head start programs, day care centers, senior housing centers, special needs kids, health fairs, community events, faith based organizations, and many others.

 

The Eye Institute of New Jersey

c/o Doctors Office Center

90 Bergen Street

6th Floor

Newark, NJ 07103

Tel: 973-972-2050

 

Lions Referral Coordinator, Paula Tarantino, PDG (201-709-4944)

 

 

The Eye Institute has three primary goals: Service, Research and Education; Service to the community in eye care, Research to apply the most advanced technology to a variety of ocular/visual problems, Education through medical education and a residency program and health care.

An immediate goal is to assist raising funds for the Lions Research Chair in the Department of Ophthalmology, by matching donations from LERF up to the limit of donations made to the eye Institute by Lions.

The Institute provides eye care for Lions Club referrals with no charge for the first visit to the patient or sponsoring Lions club. If follow-up care is needed, counseling on insurance procedures and how to obtain financial assistance through the University Hospital (Newark) for those without insurance.

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