Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Finding your way to a life beyond sight

Detroit, MI   |  https://www.lifebeyondsight.org

Mission

Mission: To provide services and support that help blind and visually impaired individuals live productive, independent lives with confidence and dignity. Vision: Blind and visually impaired individuals have the tools, technologies, and therapies they need to overcome obstacles that separate them from their dreams. Values: Empathy, Excellence, Inclusion, Innovation, Integrity, Joy, Respect, Service What we do: GDABVI takes a whole-person approach to sight loss by meeting people where they are in their vision journey. We provide daily living skills, technology training, orientation and mobility, support groups, service navigation, information and resources, and opportunities to socialize for blind and visually impaired individuals.

Ruling year info

1956

Principal Officer

Stefanie Worth

Main address

16625 Grand River Ave

Detroit, MI 48227 USA

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EIN

38-1683860

NTEE code info

Eye Diseases, Blindness and Vision Impairments (G41)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

Step By Step

Step by Step specifically addresses the needs of individuals as they transition through vision loss. This often involves a need for socioemotional support through a grief process that varies from person to person. We then provide them with the daily living and technology services to help them "re-tool" and prepare to achieve the goals they've set for themselves.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Caregivers
Families
People with vision impairments

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve individuals who are blind or visually impaired as well as their families and individuals at risk of vision loss due to varying eye conditions or chronic illness.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have transitioned our technology training to a virtual format to better reach more individuals, we are allocating additional funding for transportation to better accommodate in-person training when needed, and we are projecting additional staff and resource needs based on program growth.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have just implemented this practice within the past few months, but look forward to sharing results more broadly and encouraging more constituents to participate.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Board of directors
as of 07/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mallory BEard

Lula Gardfrey

Gardfrey Dean Associates

John Daoud

Arab American Chaldean Council

Reecha Bahl, M.D.

WSU School Of Medicine, Detroit Medical Center

Mary Deyoung-Smith

Children's Eye Care, P.C.

Ryan Foster

Press Secretary, City of Detroit

Leamon Jones

State of Michigan (Retired)

Hon. Leonia Lloyd

36th District Cour Judge (Retired); Author

Deborah Love

HR and Finance professional; Greater Metro Detroit Lions Club

Randolph Martin

Community Member

Roshni Patel

Retired Detroit Public Schools teacher Detroit Renaissance Lions Club

Leonard Robinson

Retired educator

Fred Simpson

Community Member

John Spotts

Community Member

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/17/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/17/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.