Date: July 31,
Stations bring eye care into low-income neighborhoods
families have no way to get affordable eye exams and eyeglasses.
COMMUNITY MINISTRIES, A LOCAL OPTICAL COMPANY, AND PUBLIC-SPIRITED
EYE DOCTORS HAVE TEAMED UP TO BRING THE JOY OF HEALTHY EYES AND
CLEAR VISION TO NEEDY FAMILIES. Churches and ministries provide
the sites, CVO, Inc. provides low-cost eyeglasses, eye doctors provide
free or reduced-fee exams, and InFOCUS provides training, start-up
supplies, and on-site assistance.
Station offers free assessment, referral to eye doctors, and --
if the patient needs eyeglasses
-- dispenses low-cost, quality eyeglasses for as little as $25 a
providers have a new resource for needy children and adults who
need vision care. Six neighborhood Vision Stations are up and running,
and more are on the way," states InFOCUS program coordinator Mary
Villarreal. "Any organization serving the poor can set up and operate
a Vision Station. We work with each program every step of the way."
the Streets Episcopal Church, serving downtown Houston
Episcopal Church, Galena Park area
Vianney Catholic Church, west Houston
(Ministry Assistance of NW Alliance) near northwest
Episcopal Hospital Outreach Program (mobile unit in Matagorda County)
Zone Mobile Ministries, based at the Epworth-Parker United Methodist