Posts Tagged ‘Guild for the Blind’

Attacked & Blinded, Former Cab Driver Struggles to Care for His Family

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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After fleeing ethnic persecution in Guinea, K. Arafan Koita was brutally attacked three years later while working as a livery driver in New York City.

Mr. Koita lost his vision in the attack, New York Times Reporter Corey Kilgannon reports in this just-published Neediest Case, but partly regained it after being hospitalized.

These days, Mr. Koita finds sporadic work delivering African art with a friend from Guinea, and hopes to get off public assistance so he can support and be a role model for his children, he said.

Left legally blind, he is haunted by a feeling of powerlessness when it comes to supporting his wife and three children.

Mr. Koita, who speaks French, also sought out the Catholic Charities Guild for the Blind, to improve his English, and for help resolving complications in getting social service benefits. He registered for computer training and for help finding a job.

The children share a tiny bedroom crowded with sagging beds that make sleeping uncomfortable, and the apartment has been without heat and hot water for two months. The landlord has been slow to respond, Mr. Koita said as he stood over a hot plate in the kitchen, where the family often heats large pots of water for bathing.

“I need to be strong,” he said. “For them.”

Read Mr. Koita’s full profile in The New York Times.

Help us help the Koita family and fellow courageous New Yorkers.

   

Beaten, Blinded and Homeless, Young Man Rebuilds Life

Friday, November 16th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

Carlos Castro does not remember the last thing he saw before losing consciousness on March 7, 2003. He collapsed onto a sidewalk in Flushing, Queens, after one of the five attackers he had been fleeing stabbed him in his chest, shoulder and stomach.

But the memory of what Mr. Castro, then 16, first glimpsed when his eyes opened next is indelible. “It was black,” he said. “I had no sight.”

Click here to read about his struggle to recover his sight and care for his elderly mother and the crucial help he received from Catholic Charities Guild for the Blind.

Catholic Guild for the Blind Celebrates Christmas, and Success

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

By Marianna Reilly

December 22, 2011 — The Catholic Guild for the Blind, a program of Catholic Charities Community Services, held its Christmas party today in our offices at the New York Catholic Center, filled with music from program participants.

The Guild for the Blind has a lot to celebrate. In 2011, the program began providing services in Dutchess County, in addition to their Manhattan and Yonkers locations. Services in Dutchess County, which are based in Poughkeepsie, emphasize orientation and mobility and are being funded by a three-year grant from Lavelle Fund for the Blind.

This growth will allow the Guild for the Blind to provide even more services for those who are blind or visually impaired, multiply disabled, employed individuals requiring “on-the-job” training or workplace management, and for veterans.

The full range of rehabilitation training services provided by Guild for the Blind include communications skills, household skills, personal management, orientation and mobility, vocational training, job development, pre-vocational skills for young adults, social services, and academic services.

Contact the Catholic Guild for the Blind:
Manhattan Office: 646-794-2016 or email
Yonkers Office: 914-476-2700 or email
Poughkeepsie Office: 845-452-1400 or email