Imagine looking at an eye chart and not even being able to make out the giant E at the top. Then imagine you’re homeless. Do you get care? A collaboration between US Vision and the Ali Forney Center, a Harlem-based LGBTQ youth homeless shelter has made it possible.
A recent article published by Mashable tells the story of a few youth impacted by this initiative.
“It’s a simple fix, but it’s going to make a big difference in their lives,” says Helen Keller International’s Vice President of Eye Health Nick Kourgialis.
An accompanying video shows how the program works and allows viewers to hear from some of the youth who benefit.
“I’ve needed glasses for a very long time, and just have been in this really bad situation where getting glasses was the least of my problems,” says one recipient.