Welcome Home for the Blind, Inc.

Rating: 1.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services

Location: 1953 Monroe Ave Nw Grand Rapids MI 49505 USA

Mission: In the 1940's the visually impaired were routinely turned away from convalescent homes due to the belief that visually impaired residents would require too much care. In 1948 members of the Michigan Association of Workers for the Blind began an effort to formally organize efforts to build a home specifically to meet the needs of visually impaired seniors. That dream was realized in 1952 with the first location of Welcome Home for the Blind on Charles St. in Grand Rapids, MI. This home created the opportunity for nine residents, yet the demand for residential housing rapidly outpaced the available space. In 1967 the home relocated to its current location at 1953 Monroe NW in Grand Rapids. The current facility is home to 36 residents, yet more wait on the admissions list. Nearly 50 years of experience with visually impaired seniors has earned Welcome Homes the designation as expert in the field of residential communities for visually impaired seniors.

Write a Review
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Filter Reviews by Role

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Welcome Homes for the Blind has significantly increased its services and provides quality professional support to its clients. This transitioned from owning its own facilities to one that now outsources services with measurably less expense and increased services throughout the area it serves. An excellent organization that provides a needed service. I have more than 20 years experience in the field of blind services.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

significantly expand its services to the elderly who are blind.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 0 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Welcome Homes is alive and well. They are now in the position to assist hundreds of the visually impaired and blind population as opposed to the 36 it was limited to when in their own building. Whoever wrote the bad review obviously did not have their facts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 1 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

The "home" in Welcome Home no longer exists. It was closed in 2004. The Board's attempt to redirect this organization into a nursing home certification service (Welcome Homes Residential Services) has failed the past 3 years to obtain a single member nursing home. Money sent to this organization pays the one and a half staff their salaries and pays rent, etc., with little benefit to the blind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reward its staff with even more trips and benefits!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

Was this review helpful?