Support Groups

PALS (Persons Adjusting to Limited Sight)

The Center for the Visually Impaired sponsors self-help groups called PALS (Persons Adjusting to Limited Sight) in four counties. PALS provides the visually impaired person and their families an opportunity to get together for social, educational and recreational purposes on a monthly basis. For more information on PALS, contact the Center at any location listed below.

VOLUSIA COUTY PALS

East Volusia PALS

Where:

Bishop’s Glen
900 LPGA Blvd.
Holly Hill, FL 32117

When:

2nd Wednesday of the month
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Contact:

Julienne Messmer
(386) 253-8879

West Volusia PALS

Where:

Deltona

When:

1st Friday of the month
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Contact:

Karla Bucholz
(386) 860-7389

FLAGLER COUNTY PALS

Flagler/Palm Coast PALS

Where:

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
5400 Belle Terre Parkway
Palm Coast, FL 32137

When:

2nd Tuesday of the month
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact:

Oswald King
(386) 437-9944

PUTNAM COUNTY PALS

Putnam PALS

Where:

St. Johns Baptist Church
St. Johns Ave
Palatka, FL 32177

When:

2nd Thursday of the month
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Contact:

President Richard Johnson
(386) 684-6825
Assistant President Marie Colbivin

BREVARD COUNTY PALS

TITUSVILLE PALS

When:

1st Friday of the month

COCOA - COCOA BEACH PALS

When:

2nd Friday of the month

MELBOURNE PALS

When:       

3rd Friday of the month

Contact:

Sherie Aston-Shell
CVI Brevard Office: (321) 848-1070

For all events, meeting locations and times in Brevard please call the Brevard office above.



SIP-N-TEA

The Sip-n-Tea Counseling Group meets as follows:

Monday and Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the Daytona Beach Campus

The program has a series of eight topics for discussion.  The group is led by a Rehabilitation Counselor and Rehabilitation Instructor.  Tea and goodies are served.  There is no cost, but you must provide your own transportation or schedule with Votran. 

FRIENDS OF CVI

Friends of CVI is CVI's own main support group whose purpose is to assist the agency with community outreach, financial and in-kind contributions, provide volunteer services and serve as an advisory council for the agency programs. The Friends group meets bi-monthly for formal luncheon program with speaker at the Palmetto Club in Daytona Beach. Call CVI in Volusia County (386) 253-8879  ask for Kahlin Kelly. Coming in 2014: Friends of CVI luncheons in Brevard and Flagler Counties. For more information on how you can join us by becoming a member of the Friends of CVI, check out the luncheon dates in our EVENT section.

Other Community Resources

(Not directly affiliated with CVI)


HALIFAX COUNCIL of the BLIND
CHAPTER of FLORIDA COUNCIL of the BLIND
AFFILIATE of AMERICAN COUNCIL of the BLIND

The council is an advocacy, support and blindness informational resource group. The majority of its members are blind but all are welcome. Dues include a bi-monthly subscription to the White Cane Bulletin and a monthly subscription to the Braille Forum.

Where:

Daytona Airport- Airport Meeting Room

When:

3rd Saturday of the month
2:00 p.m.

Dues:

$10.00/yr

Contact:

President: Cassandra Jessie
(850) 980-4867
cassandrajessie@gmail.com

HAVOC: HANDICAP ADULTS OF VOLUSIA COUNTY

HAVOC is a county group that advocates for all groups that are handicapped. For example, every October they hold a white cane demonstration to make the public aware of those that use the white cane and laws related to its use. They have been a chartered group for 28 years. HAVOC also hold social events. They have a covered dish dinner every 4th meeting. There is also an annual beach party picnic in the fall.

Where:

Votran Headquarters
950 Big Tree Road
South Daytona, FL 32119

When:

1st Wednesday of the month
1:00 p.m.

Dues:

$5.00/year

Contact:

President: Steve Williamson
(386) 265-2519
www.havocfl.com

BLIND BOWLERS

The bowlers play three games at each meeting and have a banquet at the end of the season. They give both individual and team awards. They do several fundraisers, such as candy sales and raffles to go to the Nationals.

Where:

Belair Lanes
2575 N Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32118

When:

Every Saturday
10:00 a.m.

Dues:

$10.00 is required for membership
$6.00 optional SE Blind Bowlers Assoc. Memb.
$10.00 per week for lane fees and prizes

Contact:

President John Hardin
Mark Lear (386) 254-3852

OPEN ARMS OUTREACH

Open Arms Outreach is a support group for the blind and visually impaired of all ages. They serve a free meal and have occasional guest speakers.

Where:

Holy Cross Lutheran Church
724 Big Tree Road
South Daytona, FL 32119

When:

2nd Saturday of the month
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Contact:

Mary Wrucke
(386)252-7487

GREATER DAYTONA BEACH CHAPTER of the NATIONAL FEDERATION of the BLIND

is an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind. The objective of the group is the complete integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality. It is support, advocacy and blindness informational resource group. Dues include a subscription to the NFBF Focus and a monthly to the Braille Monitor.

Where:

Holiday Inn
930 North Atlantic Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL

When:

4th Saturday of the month
11:15 a.m.

Dues:

$10.00/yr

Contact:

President: Peter Cerullo
(386) 265-2527

Disability Solutions

The purpose of this group is to advocate for people with various disabilities in the areas of housing, transportation, health care, voting, employment, education and any other area that may be of concern.

Where:

Disability Solutions for Independent Living
475 South Nova Rd
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Contact:

(386) 255-1812