The Chicago Lighthouse Helps Communities Shine Brighter

Dec 1st, 2020

For Immediate Release

Organization creates opportunities for underserved people throughout Chicago.

CHICAGO (November 30, 2020) –As the Chicago area continues to wrestle with racial and economic inequity, The Chicago Lighthouse is providing some of the city’s most under-resourced communities with essential, life-changing assistance—from low vision treatment to employment training to job opportunities and more.

“Our mission to break down barriers for all people has remained constant for more than a century,” says Dr. Janet Szlyk, president and CEO of The Chicago Lighthouse. “Ever since our founding in 1906, The Lighthouse has created opportunities, not just for people with disabilities, but for people of every race, religion, gender identity, and economic background. Diversity is in our DNA.”

This spring, The Chicago Lighthouse hopes to break ground on the country’s first publicly financed affordable housing development created specifically for people who are blind or visually impaired. This 76-unit building, which received approval for a package of tax credits from the Chicago Department of Housing earlier this year, will provide safe and affordable housing for people who are blind or visually impaired. Ground-level retail space will also provide employment opportunities for residents.

“Our residential project will provide beautiful and affordable housing for people with disabilities,” said Dr. Szlyk. “With these efforts we are helping make Chicago more equitable for all our citizens.”

This Giving Tuesday, The Chicago Lighthouse is accepting donations to continue its work providing necessary services for the people who need them most. Donations will be matched up to a total $10,000 thanks to a challenge grant from Judy and Ray McCaskey. People interested in contributing can call 312-997-3668 or visit to make a gift in support of this critical work.

For more information, contact: Aaron Baar, Senior Writer, at 312-997-3662 or


About The Chicago Lighthouse
Serving the blind, visually impaired, disabled, and Veteran communities through innovative education, rehabilitation, employment, assistive technology, and other programs, The Chicago Lighthouse is one of the nation’s most comprehensive social service organizations. For additional information, visit

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