Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL)

Employees at the Inland Northwest Lighthouse with their guide dogs

Employees at the Inland Northwest Lighthouse facility with their guide dogs

What does independence mean to you? What barriers to independence have you faced in your lifetime, and how did you overcome those? For The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.’s Spokane employee Ron Cook, independence is being able to determine his own schedule and arrangements. “With my guide dog, Cayenne, I don’t have to depend on someone to give me rides. Having a guide dog opens up a new level of freedom,” he says.

You can provide self-sufficiency and independence for a person who is blind like Ron today. Donate to provide support and skills training for people who are blind in Spokane, so they may feel as confident and independent as Ron. Through Lighthouse programs and services, people like Ron learn important skills including independently navigating streets and transit systems, so that they and their four-legged companions can travel safely.

Just a couple of years ago Ron was paired with his first guide dog, Cayenne — a three year old black lab. As a result of your support, Ron was able to be paid his normal wages while he attended a two-week residential training program with Cayenne. Now she is part of his and our family.

In the spirit of independence, we ask that you provide opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind in our Spokane community. We want you to know how important guide dogs can be. For people like Ron, Cayenne is his lifeline to the world.

Thank you for opening your heart to independence for people who are blind and DeafBlind in our community.

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From left to right: INL workers Rodney Christiansen, Jennifer Marshall, Maria Bradford (sitting), Ron Cook, David Guy, Karl Schaeffler, Mike Robinson

The first satellite operation of The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., the Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL) has helped to expand job opportunities to people who are blind across Washington State. Hiring the first employee who is blind in Spokane in June 2008, today we employ 52 individuals who are blind in Spokane and plan to add more jobs in the year to come. Products currently manufactured at the INL include Quartet/SKILCRAFT® co-branded wallboards, hanging file folders, spring-back binders, paper trimmers, and dry-erase easels.

INL Production workers Jeremy Stanton (left) and Mark Shively (right)The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. relies on generous community members to sustain and grow employment opportunities for people who are blind in the Eastern Washington area. To find out how you can help, please contact Development and Public Relations Director Shawn Dobbs at (509) 487-0405 or via email at sdobbs@seattlelh.org.

We are always looking to create new partnerships and relationships with people and organizations that will help us advance our mission of providing employment and services for those who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. If you are interested in our hiring process, or have questions about our facility, please contact our Senior Director of Strategic Recruiting Kevin Daniel at 1-800-914-7307 or kdaniel@seattlelh.org.

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Our Mission: To create and enhance opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency
of people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities.

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