Cincinnati, OH – Since 1911, Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) has been providing counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in Greater Cincinnati. Through its services, the agency strives to help individuals adapt to vision loss, ensuring full lives and community inclusion. CABVI served 5,006 people with severe vision loss in 2015. This is the highest total of clients ever served in one year by CABVI.
In July, CABVI purchased an additional 59,000 sq. ft. building on Kenner Street, near the Cincinnati Museum Center, to support more jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired. This increases CABVI’s space available by more than 75%. Once this new facility is operational in mid-2017, we plan to convert the vacated space on Gilbert Avenue for expanded client services. I am pleased to share that the Board of CABVI has decided to name our new building the Hornbeck Social Enterprise Center in honor of Carolyn Hornbeck who passed away at the age of 93 on April 24, 2015 and gave CABVI a very generous planned gift. This gift is being used to cover the cost of CABVI’s new building and makes possible expanded employment opportunities and space for services.
CABVI is creating new job opportunities for people with vision loss through exciting partnerships, like the one with MN8® Foxfire and the Kroger Company. CABVI employees who are blind or visually impaired produce photoluminescent exit signs that Kroger will use in their stores nationwide. This partnership, along with assembly of new OXO International items for the National Industries for the Blind Military Resale program, and production of sticky notes and door locks for the State of Ohio’s Office of Procurement from Community Rehabilitation Programs, are helping CABVI address the unacceptable 65% unemployment rate for people with severe vision loss.
CABVI is also creating more service sector jobs for people with severe vision loss through its office supply distribution service, VIE Ability at www.VIE-Ability.org. With 40,000+ items available, customers are pleased with the very competitive prices and free next day delivery with no minimums. For more information about CABVI’s services and employment opportunities, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at www.cincyblind.org.
About John Mitchell, CEO
John Mitchell has served as CEO of the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) since December 2006. Prior to that he served as CABVI’s Director of Operations from 1999 to 2006. John worked for the Clovernook Center for the Blind from 1985 to 1999 and has a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Cincinnati (1983). John is currently on the boards of the National Industries for the Blind and the Vision Serve Alliance, and is a past board president of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB).