Sights for Hope Unveils New Client Activity Area in the Lehigh Valley

Sights for Hope has opened a new Client Activities Area at its Lehigh Valley Services Center – including a room for hands-on projects, a lounge, and a counseling room.

The area allows Sights for Hope to conduct more client programs and activities and facilitate its growing personal counseling service. It also will provide a space where they can feel safe and bond with others who face the same challenges.

The new Client Activities Area was furnished courtesy of PPL Corporation. Its opening completes a space transformation plan begun with the move and expansion of Sights for Hope’s Lehigh Valley Low Vision Care Area in June 2023. The new Client Activities Area was created in the space occupied previously by the low vision group.

Sights for Hope’s social and recreational activities help clients remain active, execute skills and techniques that they have learned, connect with those who face similar challenges, and avoid the harmful effects of isolation. Counseling sessions are free for clients by appointment, but availability remains limited. Sights for Hope’s guided transportation service is offered for most client activities and counseling appointments.

Sights for Hope transforms the lives of people with visual impairments and blindness by removing the barriers to their independence. Sights for Hope’s services teach adaptive skills to accomplish daily life activities; provide supports that counter the effects of visual impairments and blindness; increase access to medical care, healthy food, and other essentials; and advance solutions that enhance sight capabilities. More than 40% of Sights for Hope’s clients live below or near the federal poverty line. Founded in 1928, Sights for Hope carries forward in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Monroe County a tradition of service inspired by Helen Keller and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind.

Image: Approximately 15 Sights for Hope clients and a service dog pose inside Sights for Hope’s new Client Activity Area at its Lehigh Valley Services Center.