Dream BIG! Making a More Sustainable Environment in Urban Settings

Anthony

When the pandemic started and everything was shut down, Anthony had more time on his hands and wanted to create a garden at home. He had no previous knowledge of gardening and worked with his Lighthouse instructor, Chris. “Chris inspired me and encouraged me to create the most amazing home garden. The tools that Chris provided changed and transformed my life,” says Anthony.Another factor that helped Anthony overcome his situation was believing in his abilities. “I have learned that my current situation does not dictate who I am.”Garden with fruits and vegetables that Anthony grows as part of his business project.This year, Anthony has taken his new found interest to another level. He is starting a business project where he plans to offer backyard restoration, focusing on providing vegetable and hanging fruit plants to enhance customers' gardens, while creating a more sustainable environment. This venture pushed him to return to Lighthouse for additional Assistive Technology training in order to improve his tech skills.He is thankful to Lighthouse for the opportunity to meet people who are living with vision loss, like him. He has established relationships and created new friends to share the journey with him. He has been given the tools to be independent and the encouragement to be an entrepreneur.Anthony says, “Lighthouse has truly transformed my life in the most positive manner. I am not only a donor, I am a Lighthouse client. Lighthouse Central Florida has changed my life, my perspectives, and my goals. They have given me a sense of purpose and direction for daily living.”

Charity Name
Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc.
Photo Caption
Anthony at his garden on the left and on the right at his Assistive Technology class at Lighthouse with his instructor
Photo Credit
Anthony and Lighthouse Central Florida