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Taking Steps to Serve & Preserve

NOTE: Please review our newly adopted COVID-19 Policies & Procedures for clients, visitors and staff.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio has taken a series of proactive steps to serve today while preserving tomorrow for all who are blind or visually impaired in the region.

Inspired by a 97-year legacy and motivated by a unique mission to empower independence and enrich the lives of people who are blind or visually impaired, The Sight Center Board of Trustees has approved the following actions

Delivering on the Mission

    • Launched Clients in Crisis project
    • Adopted TeleHealth for applicable services
    • Providing phone support to clients in lieu of in-home training when possible
    • Increasing social media presence to share information, resources, tips & tools
    • Serving as primary low-vision resource/expert  with media and public
    • Promoting access to low vision products through The Shop Online
    • Expanding Google Ads to promote services and awareness to non-client sight-impaired and their families

Safeguarding the Legacy

      • Reduced staff to cover core and essential services until clinical and in-home services can be reinstated
      • Applied for CARES Act grant/loan
      • Expanded current line of credit
      • Applied for other COVID-19 related grants
      • Created the COVID-19 Fund to support immediate needs
      • Created the 100th Anniversary Fund to ensure long-term viability
      • Secured agreements with venues to postpone major events without penalty
      • Shut down all non-critical equipment to save money

According to Stacey Butts, Executive Director, “The Board was absolutely committed to delivering on our mission.” Commenting on the future viability of the organization she added, “we will do everything we can to make sure The Sight Center celebrates 100 years and many more.”

The Sight Center performs three major roles in service to people who are blind or visually impaired. For many, the agency empowers independence by providing individualized rehabilitation services that teach lifelong skills. This trusted nonprofit enriches the lives of thousands more annually who stay connected to relevant information, seek caregiver advice or who find low-vision solutions in The Shop at The Sight Center, the area’s only low-vision store. Finally, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio impacts countless more lives by continuing to be a strong voice, a trusted partner and a respected leader on all issues affecting people who are blind or visually impaired.

Questions? Contact The Sight Center at 419-720-3937 or info@sightcentertoledo.org.