Employment Fosters Dignity and Independence
Wine-pull participants at the Soirée may have been surprised when they received their prizes.
Yes, the prize included a bottle of wine generously donated by volunteers and committee members, but another item, a bottle of Tear Mender adhesive glue, sat next to the wine bottle in the tote. Why?
Just ask MindsEye’s Program Director, Tom Williams. Shortly after the Soirée ended, Tom put the Tear Mender to use on a tear in his jacket with great results. Repairing clothing, hemming, and similar fabric adhesion is exactly what Tear Mender does best. But how did it end up at the Soirée?
Lighthouse employees manufacture medical supply kits, aerosols, and, of course, Tear Mender, among other items.
Tear Mender is a product from Soirée Presenting Sponsor Lighthouse for the Blind. Tear Mender might seem like just another nice tool, and while MindsEye does hope attendees will enjoy the product like Tom, Tear Mender represents something more as well.
Produced by blind workers at Lighthouse for the Blind – St. Louis, Tear Mender represents the work Lighthouse does to empower legally blind individuals. By providing employment to legally blind individuals, Lighthouse makes independence and dignity a reality for St. Louis area residents.
Jonathan Clemens of Lighthouse for the Blind says that independence is one of the most valuable things he has gained through employment with the organization.
In the words of Jonathan Clemens, an employee of Lighthouse, the organization provides an “opportunity to have a steady income, an opportunity to be able to provide for my family. . .to have a better future.”
Organized as a nonprofit, Lighthouse is committed to reinvesting their profits from products in the community through education and recreation and by supporting organizations like MindsEye.
MindsEye and Lighthouse work in different ways for the same goal: dignity and independence across the metro area.