NEW BUFFALO, MI, January 17, 2019 The Pokagon Fund and Smoke Vision Care of New Buffalo are pleased to announce that they have reached a mutual agreement to provide vision care services through The Pokagon Fund Vision Program to qualified youth and income-eligible seniors who reside in Harbor Country®.
The Pokagon Fund Executive Director Janet Cocciarelli explained that after a careful review of several vision care service providers, “the Board of Directors of The Pokagon Fund has determined that the New Buffalo office of Smoke Vision Care is best qualified to provide comprehensive eye examinations and prescription glasses to local youth and senior residents who qualify for free services through The Pokagon Fund Vision Program.” She stated that The Pokagon Fund began accepting applications for vision care services on December 15, 2018 when it re-commenced its vision care program. “With the retention of Smoke Care Vision, the program will immediately get back into full swing” Cocciarelli added.
Smoke Vision Care’s President, Dr. Steven Smoke commented that Smoke Vision Care was involved in The Pokagon Fund Vision Program 10 years ago when the program was initiated and is enthusiastically looking forward to joining forces once again with program. Dr. Smoke stated that the optometrists and staff of Smoke Vision Care “are dedicated to providing an eye care experience that is unparalleled in its quality and compassion of care. We have been working recently with New Buffalo Schools to provide vision care to students and consider this alliance with The Pokagon Fund as an extension of our commitment to serve the local community.”
Cocciarelli noted that the free comprehensive eye examinations and prescription glasses are available to qualified applicants who are residents of Harbor Country, defined as those who reside in the following zip codes 49115, 49116, 49117, 49125, 49128 and 49129. “Every young person in Harbor Country from the age of 9 months through their senior year in high school is eligible for free services, regardless of income. Seniors residing in Harbor Country who are 50 years of age or older are also eligible, but must have income not exceeding 200% of the current Federal Poverty Level Guidelines,” explained Cocciarelli. Further information is available on the website of The Pokagon Fund, www.pokagonfund.org/visionprogram.