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Vision Loss Resources

The mission of Vision Loss Resources is to create a community of service, skills and support for people with vision loss.

Mission Statement
1936 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Other Names Used VLR, Minneapolis Society for the Blind, St. Paul Society for the Blind, Saint Paul Society for the Blind
EIN 41-0694713
Principal Staff Kate Grathwol, Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 50
Number of Volunteers 268
Number of Clients Served 1200
Tags / Keywords blind, blindness, vision, aging, health, senior
General Information
Board Chair Patricia Durst
Number of Board Members 15
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 10.6
Major Programs
Rehabilitation Center$832,752
Community and Social Services$540,874
Deafblind Services Minnesota$759,132
We expanded engagement with our community center by developing new opportunities for participants to socialize, interact, and engage in their communities. We also increased participation in peer counseling and mentoring.
Current Goals
In 2016, we want to deepen our services in a community-based model, and leverage our newly-launched Low Vision Clinic to open a new access point to our services.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve adults who are blind or low-vision. Participants qualify for our services if their vision loss interferes with their daily life. We do not require a doctor’s referral, proof of a medical condition, or health insurance.
Geographic Area Served
We provide services in the 11-county metro area: Anoka, Washington, Ramsey, Dakota, Hennepin, Carver, Scott, Chisago, Isanti, Wright, and Jackson.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $1,995,664 83.4%
Management: $305,345 12.8%
Fundraising: $92,544 3.9%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $8,754,366 $9,029,642 $8,447,022
Beginning of Year $9,029,642 $8,447,022 $7,732,539
Difference ($275,276) $582,620 $714,483
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $8,754,366
Based on information provided on 2012 to 2014
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