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VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Our vision if for everyone to see what is possible

aka VISIONS or VCB or VISIONS at Selis Manor   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.visionsvcb.org

Mission

VISIONS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rehabilitation and social service organization, whose mission is to develop and implement individualized programs to assist people who are blind and visually impaired of all ages to lead independent and active lives, and to educate the public to understand their needs and capabilities. Some of the FREE services we provide include: Individualized rehabilitation training at home or in the community Social services Employment training and job development Group and community education and activities Focus on blind individuals with low income primarily in the Greater New York Area including those with multiple disabilities, elders, limited-English speakers and culturally diverse consumers and their families and unpaid caregivers.

Notes from the nonprofit

VISIONS spends only 10 cents of every dollar on administration and fundraising with 90 cents of every dollar spent on programs. VISIONS is #1 in job placements of legally blind New Yorkers for 2016, 2017 and 2018. VISIONS provides services in 14 languages for low-income blind persons of all ages and their families and unpaid caregivers. More than one-third of VISIONS staff is blind or visually impaired.

Ruling year info

1956

Executive Director/CEO

Ms. Sylvia Stinson-Perez

Main address

500 Greenwich St Suite 302

New York, NY 10013 USA

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Formerly known as

Society for the Destitute and Indigent Blind of NYC and its Vicinity

Vacations and Community Services for the Blind

CIL Center for Independent Living

Vacation Camp and Dormitory for the Blind

Vacation Camp for the Blind

EIN

13-1624210

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

70% unemployment rate of blind persons seeking employment

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

VISIONS Center on Blindness (VCB), is a year-round residential rehabilitation, education and training center located in Rockland County serving over 700 participants with vision loss annually.
VISIONS at Selis Manor, is an adapted community center offering, classes, support groups, job placement and activities for youth, adults and seniors with vision loss in Manhattan, NY.

VIsion rehabilitation and mobility training and community services reach all neighborhoods of NYC, Lower Westchester and Long Island with individualized home based training, community mobility and public education.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with disabilities

VISIONS vocational rehabilitation center is located in Rockland County New York to train and graduate job ready blind youth age 18 up to age 22 and blind adults seeking employment.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
At-risk youth

VISIONS at Selis Manor is a community center and older adult center located in a low-income housing project for people who are blind and their families and blind community users that travel to the building for services.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Older adults

VCB started in 1926 to provide employment and support for families with a blind family member. In 1951, a 37-acre campus was purchased in Rockland County, NY for overnight short term residential programs for blind persons of all ages and their families.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
Families

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Annual Unduplicated Total Count of all Persons Served by VISIONS

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, People with vision impairments

Related Program

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total Unduplicated Count of All Persons Served By VISIONS: 7,422 in Fiscal Year 2023 compared to 7,216 in Fiscal Year 2022.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Provide skill training to prepare blind persons for jobs

Built a new residential vocational rehabilitation center that opened in summer 2017 and trains blind students to be teacher assistants, nurses assistants, web design and develops and administrative assistants

Very strong multi-lingual, multi-cultural staff and experienced and stable executive leadership team
Stable leadership with Executive Director/CEO celebrating 32nd year
Financial health
Growing donor base
Program and financial transparency
Flexible and individualized services with an increasing number of clients served each year for the past 12 years
Partnerships with colleges and BOCES
Accessible services
Professionally educated, licensed and/or certified staff

#1 in job placements of legally blind New Yorkers 7 years in a row, starting from 2016

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Robert Schonbrunn

Retired, investment manager

Term: 2019 -


Board co-chair

Dr. Cynthia Stuen

Board Vice President, Retired, nonprofit executive

Term: 2018 -

Sheldon I Berg

Signature Bank

Jyotika Bisht

S&P Global

Sherilyn Casiano,

S.I. Williams Wealth Management, LLC

Dr. Andrew S. Fisher

Lucius L. Fowler

Half Moon Investments, LLC

Frances Freedman

Gloria Fu

Robert Heidenberg

Heidenberg Properties

Steven E. Kent

Molloy College

Theodore P. Klingos

Dr. James McGroarty

Denise G. Rabinowitz

Jagadish B. Rao

Peter A. Roffman

Standard and Poor's

Anusha Sharma

Flexible Finance, Inc

Burton M. Strauss, Jr.

Ken Drucker

Nancy T. Jones

Rebecca Zarett

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/9/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data