Who is HAVIN and what do we do?


The Houston Area Visually Impaired Network is also often known simply by our acronym HAVIN.


HAVIN’s motto is “Bringing unity to our community.”


What is HAVIN?


HAVIN is a nonprofit organization comprised of various volunteer support groups from across Houston. Our vision is to educate, provide peer support and unify the visually impaired community in the Greater Houston area.


History of how HAVIN got started.


In August, 2010, the leaders of five Houston area support groups for the visually impaired met with a plan to join forces and bring together the blind and visually impaired community from across the greater Houston area in a manner that had not been accomplished before. Their desire was to have the visually impaired support groups that were separated by miles, get together and host a program that would unify the community.


To do this, they committed to working together to plan one or two events each year that would be useful for sharing information and resources, as well as letting these people meet and network with one another. The first goal was to put on an event that would provide information and resources, and this was to become the inaugural Insight Expo. To meet this goal, they planned a seminar with speakers, panel discussions, and workshops, as well as a variety of exhibitors that serve this community to share information and products with the attendees.


Since that first event, , some of the founding support groups have rotated from the executive committee and been replaced by others. The ultimate goal is to keep our community connected and share information and resources with one another. If we are able to help out somebody who is searching for these items, then we have done our job.


Past events that HAVIN has sponsored


March 2011 – Inaugural Insight Expo

University of Houston, College of Optometry


February, 2012 – Screening of the documentary movie “Going Blind” and panel discussion afterwards

Winwood Baptist Church, (in Willowbrook area)


October, 2012 – Fall Social

LOCATION:  Metropolitan Multi-Service Center, on West Gray, Houston


April, 2013 – Insight Expo

University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building


April 2014 Insight Expo

University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building


April 2015 Insight Expo

University of Houston, Health and Biomedical Sciences Building



Support Groups That Comprise HAVIN


Bay Area Council of the Blind (BACB)

Meets: 3rd Saturday of the month

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


131 Pecan Dr

League City, TX 77573

Contact: Belinda Skloss, President

E-mail: belinda131@verizon.net

Phone: 281-338-0550


Fort Bend Low Vision Club (FBLVC)

Meets: 3rd Friday of the month

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Fort Bend Center for Independent Living

12946 Dairy Ashford, Suite 110

Sugarland, Texas 77478

Contact: Leola Huey

E-mail: leolahuey@gmail.com

Phone: 281-937-9691

Contact: Dave Pinter

E-mail: dave2004ddp@yahoo.com



Houston Low Vision Club (HLVC) – Bayland Park

Meets: 2nd Friday of the month

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Bayland Community Center

6400 Bissonnet

Houston, Texas 77074

Contact: Orlando Medina, Facilitator

E-mail: omedina@sbcglobal.com

Phone: 832-372-6550


Houston Low Vision Club (HLVC) – Central

Meets: 4th Saturday of the month

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Metropolitan Multi-Service Center

1475 West Gray

Houston, TX 77019

Contact: Michael McCulloch, Facilitator

E-mail: mdmcculloch1@gmail.com

Phone: 832-453-7139

Website: houstonlowvisionclub.org



The Visually Impaired Advocates (V.I.A.)

Meets: Bimonthly on 1st Saturday of the month

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Marcie L. Keys Activity Center

8302 Colonial Lane

Houston, Texas 77051

Weekly Support Group

Meets: Every Thursday

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: Metropolitan Multi-Service Center

1475 West Gray

Contact: Minnie Christal, President

Phone: 281-507-4549

Website: viadvocates.org


Visually Impaired People of Southeast Texas (VIPSET)

Meets: 3rd Monday of the month

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Second Baptist Church, North Campus, Room B307

22770 Hwy 59 North

Kingwood, TX 77339

Contact: Ron Graham, President

Email:  rgraham@cebridge.net

Phone: 713-825-9108



Other HAVIN Affiliates




Blind Ambition

Meets: Every Saturday

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Conference Call: 712-432-6456

After dialing the number, there will be a disclaimer describing how to have your number blocked from calling this line. Press 1 for live chat rooms, press 224 and pound sign (224#)

Local Contact: Vicki Gilkerson

E-mail: gilkerson2730@sbcglobal.com

Phone: 713-433-6006


iOS Blind Users Group (iBUG)

Contact: Michael McCulloch, Founder

E-mail: mdmcculloch1@gmail.com

Phone: 832-453-7139

Website: ibugtoday.com


National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) – South Texas Chapter

Contact: Monica Blancas, President, South Texas Chapter

E-mail: stxnoahmom@yahoo.com

Phone: 832-524-1581

Website (local): http://stx.albinism.org/


Texas Parents of Blind Children

Please check website for information:




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