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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments, Health, Human Services, Job Training, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: VISIONS, incorporated in 1926, was founded by a group of women who believed in offering opportunities for independence, employment, socialization, vocational rehabilitation and family services for people who are blind or visually impaired. VISIONS continues its original mission of promoting the independence of people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

Results: #1 in New York State in job placements of people who are legally blind Majority of participants at VISIONS at Selis Manor and VISIONS Center on Aging senior center and VISIONS Center on Blindness have increased their physical activity, report increased positive feelings about themselves and less depression and better adjustment to blindness, improved social connections and increased social networks and improved skills including technology, fitness and access to information

Target demographics: people of all ages with blindness and severe loss and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2016 we impacted the lives of nearly 7000 people

Geographic areas served: the Metropolitan New York City area

Programs: vision rehabilitation in-home, community and the workplace; pre-employment and job placement services; children, youth, adult and senior services at two sites in Manhattan,NY and a short-term residential vocational rehabilitation center in Rockland County, NY. Family and unpaid caregiver support services are provided in all neighborhoods and all service sites. VISIONS at Selis Manor: the number of volunteers increased to over 200. There has been an increase in the type of classes offered to adults and seniors including new support groups and assistive technology training. Collaborations with numerous organizations through free training, workshops, etc. has increased. Over 800 blind participants are registered for services with an additional number of indiviudals attending meetings, seminars, drop-in services, library and bowling clubs.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Visions is a great program that provides services to the blind and visually impaired. It helps connect the world of sight with those who cannot see, and to people of all ages. Not only to volunteers get to understand what being visually impaired is like, but they also gain experience and possibly friends they would normally not make. The clients are also extremely kind and are willing to share their stories with ours. I enjoy working with Visions, and hopefully will return to help those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Visions Center in summer of 2016. I volunteered in the summer and I learned so much from being in this program. Being with clients and having conversations with them made me realize the small things I have that I usually don't tend to appreciate. That's what Visions taught me. I learned having eyesight is a blessing even though it may not be the best. I've grown bonds with several of my clients. One clinent of mine name Ida was truly blessed to have signed up for Visions. She honestly loved how much Visions cared for her and were so thoughtful. Ida would always tell me how words and actions wouldn't describe how thankful she was of Visions. Unfortunately, Ida passed away and I was deeply sadden by this. May she Rest In Peace. I will not forget Ida and how much Visions impacted her life. There are other clients that feel the same way. I am volunteering again over this summer and I would love to see this love and passion towards vision in other clients as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at VISIONS for two years. I remember being shy and rather quiet at the start. However, over the course of these two years, I have talked with many seniors which has helped me become a more talkative and kind person. I also learned how to be more patient which is an important thing to know how to do when working with anyone. All of the seniors are so kind and have a sense of humor. I enjoy getting to know them and feel happy to be able to help with their everyday tasks just to make their everyday lives a little bit easier. I think it is very helpful that meals are provided for people over 65 and who are visually impaired/ blind because it really means a lot to them, and many people come in for these meals. The home visits that volunteers go on really mean a lot to the seniors; it provides them with a sense of comfort and allows them to do new things, such as going on a walk in the park or talking about their life experiences, especially if they don't get out much or have people to help/ converse with them a majority of the time. The seniors really appreciate it and it makes me happy to see them cheerful.
VISIONS is a place for people of all colors and religions alike. It makes me happy to see that I am a part of such a tight-knit community filled with young and old people together. It has helped me become a more patient, better, and outgoing person. I am very grateful for VISIONS and hope to resume being a volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for VISIONS clients several years ago. I immediately observed the continuing devotion of the staff and employees of Visions Services, exhibiting an admirable dedication to the Blind and Visually Impaired with kindness, caring and a wonderful warmth and fuzziness. The considerations to the clients in almost every way is extraordinary. Braille, exercise, computer classes and much, much proving over and over that Visions continually thinks of a future for their clients.

I had volunteered with the wrong impression that people who are blind or visually blind are totally dependent. Instead, I learned they are proficient in handling their affairs, organized and seemingly unhampered. They are always polite and can be easy going with a sense of humor. I enjoy my time with them and always look forward to the next time.

Thank you to Visions Selis Manor for my continuing experience.
Keiko Omori

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of hosting a weekly music class at Visions for the last year and it has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. I'm not only able to teach my students about the various era's of recorded songs, but THEY are able to teach me much more. We both are able to learn something new each week and have laughs while doing it. The staff at Visions has been nothing but professional and pleasurable to work with. They make my time being there a bit sweeter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

At visions i learned many values that i need in my future career and for the rest of my life. Helping people that needs make me feel so good and i encouraged people to volunteer at visions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always wanted to give back to my community by volunteering at a center for people with disabilities. When I found out about Visions, I did not hesitate to apply. It definitely has made a positive impact in the lives of blind seniors, as well as my own. Visions teaches you to be responsible, caring and appreciative. Furthermore, I've become more aware of afflictions and sufferings of others which has increased my own inner strength.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wanted to work with the blind ever since my mother had read for The Lighthouse many years ago. I was introduced to Visions in 2008 and started working in the office to organize the files. Then an opportunity arose to help in the yoga class for the blind. I did this for five years and loved it. It was a chance to make a real difference for the people in the class. Simultaneously I began reading for one of the tenants of Selis Manor. This relationship lasted for about four years, running simultaneously, with the yoga class. I would say the bond I developed with John mean more to me than just about any other relationship. It ended when he had to leave Selis Manor for he could no longer live independently.

Jennifer272

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VISIONS provides an incredible service he the blind & visually impaired community in New York especially those who are low income and have multiple disabilities. They run an assortment of classes and social activities for their clients. As a volunteer I have seen the incredible impact this has had on people. By reading them their mail, helping them pay bills, helping them shop and get to appointments we are able to help them live independent full lives. As someone who has been involved in many different volunteering opportunities I can see first hand the AMAZING things they do and it is by far the greatest volunteering experience I have had. The staff and volunteers some of are nicest and most helpful people I have ever met.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Visions was an experience I will never forget. The people I met and the bonds I forged will last a lifetime. It was such an honor to work with such giving people.