Lexington, SC - Mission Lexington is funding an eye procedure for a man referred to them by Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. This gentleman is the father of three who lost his job due to the injury.
The injury occurred in April of 2019, and had significantly impacted his life as well as his family.
Fortunately Joseph Gorrin, a well-known ocularist, a person who makes artificial eyes, from the upstate, has agreed to do the prosthesis for only the cost in materials. The normal cost for this procedure is over $3,000.
“We are excited to be able to help this gentleman with this unique need,” said Robin W. Bowers, Executive Director of Mission Lexington. “We are always looking for unique ways to help solve the problems of families in crisis, no matter what the crisis looks like.”
The Fatherhood Coalition is working with him to attain his GED and he is involved with Vocational Rehab. “The eye prosthesis will make him feel more confident while interviewing," said Dawn Pender, Project Director for SC Centers for Fathers and Families. “He is an outgoing guy but we are all seeing him become a little more introverted which is what happens when you feel you look ‘different’ than others.”
Mission Lexington is the hub of care for Lexington County, assisting families and individuals with life essentials, resources, and guidance. The meet over 30,000 needs in Lexington County each year, ranging from helping an elderly couple with food to funeral expenses for a child. Their partner network includes local businesses and government agencies, corporations, organizations individuals and more than 50 member churches who sustain their vision daily. To learn more, visit www.missionlexingtonsc.org or call us at 803-957-6656.
The mission of the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition (MFC) is to engage fathers in the positive support of their children and to enhance support for fatherhood throughout the Midlands. MFC has over 20 years of experience in helping men overcome the barriers and obstacles keeping them from being the material, emotional and spiritual providers their children need. Through individual coaching, group program sessions and peer support, the program changes men's lives, and reconnects them to their children and to the promise of a better future. For more information, visit www.MidlandsFathers.com or call 803-996-2114.