The Houston Area Visually Impaired Network is comprise of representatives from area groups that support and serve our visually impaired community. Here is a current list of the groups that make up our board of directors, along with the group’s meeting dates/times and locations, and the contact person for that group.

Please feel free to contact the group representative nearest you and see about joining up with one of our groups. This is where HAVIN started, and where our greatest strengths lie, with our individual members.


Blind Professionals Network

Uniting to break barriers and achieve professional success!
Blind and Visually Impaired individuals coming together to empower one another by sharing professional knowledge and experiences to maintain success in any professional industry; helping to overcome work place barriers, reach career goals and achieve entrepreneurial success!
Attend a local meeting in Houston, TX or participate on a BPN national conference call via Zoom.
BPN conference calls are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7:00 pm cst via Zoom meetings.
Please visit BPN on Facebook to find out about BPN monthly networking events and various professional conference call workshops.
For additional information

contact Victoria Hillard (800) 699-8238



Dan Arnold Center for Vision Rehabilitation/Cizik Eye Clinic Support Group

Meets: 2nd Friday of the month
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon
Location: 6400 Fannin, Suite 1950, Houston, TX
Contact: Jose Rios -Occupational Therapist
Phone: (713) 559-5216 or (713) 559-5269


Foundation Fighting BlindnessHouston Chapter

Meets once a month at 6pm via conference call
Contact person: Michele Goldfarb‑Shapiro, – Events Manager
Web site


Houston Council of the Blind (HCB)

Meets:  1st Sunday of the month
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location:  Lighthouse of Houston
3602 West Dallas, Houston, TX 77019
Contact:  Gayle Metoyer, President
Phone:  281-794-2012


iBUG Today

Our mission is to promote the individual independence, social integration, and educational development of the blind and visually impaired community through accessible technology training.
Visit our website to learn more about our free group and individual training programs and social events.
Contact:  Michael McCulloch, President
Phone:  (832) 453-7139
Twitter:  @ibugtoday


National Federation of the Blind of Texas – Houston (NFBT-Hou)

Meets:  3rd Saturday of the month
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Lighthouse of Houston
3602 West Dallas, Houston, Texas  77019
Contact:   Stacie Gallegos, President
Phone:  713 202-8542


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

Meets:  Quarterly on 1st Thursday of the month
12:00 Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Metropolitan Multi-Service Center
1475 West Gray, Houston, TX  77019
Weekly support group meetings
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location:  Metropolitan Multi-Service Center
1475 West Gray, Houston, TX  77019
Contact:  Minnie Christal, President
Phone:  281-485-3375
Web site:


Visually Impaired People of South East Texas (VIPSET)

Meets:  3rd Monday of the month
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Hybrid meetings on Zoom and in-person at Kingwood United Methodist Church, Room K103
1799 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood, Texas 77339.
Contact:  Ron Graham, President
Phone:  713-825-9108

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