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Blind worker needs a ride from Rockport to Corpus Chirsti

Posted at 4:30 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 18:10:17-04

You may remember our story about James Smith, the blind carpenter who lives in a humble trailer park in Rockport.

He started a company called Blind Squirrel Carpentry.

“My business didn’t kick off like I thought it would. You need money to buy materials and right now I ain’t got no money,” said Smith.

Smith recently got a job at the South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. Right now, money isn’t necessarily the problem, but getting there is.

Because Smith lives in Rockport, public transportation, like the RTA buses aren’t available for his commute.

So Smith stays at the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission four nights a week, just to be able to get to work.

At work, Smith makes binders from 7 in the morning until 5:30 in the afternoon, four days a week.

“I enjoy working here, I mean everybody I have met are real nice. I haven’t worked at a palace with a bunch of crazy blind people in a while,” joked Smith.

Coworkers at Smith’s job say they love him and his work ethic, but realize he needs a ride.

“He’s very outgoing. He’s a friendly, hard-working gentleman and he is eager to come to work,” said Mary Neagle from South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. “So if they can assist him in getting here, I would greatly appreciate that and I’m sure he would as well.”

So if you’re going James’ way, he needs a lift. He can be reached online at