Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI) is making significant investments that will allow the agency to fulfill its mission of empowering people for independence. In July, CABVI purchased an additional 59,000 sq. ft. building on Kenner Street, near the Cincinnati Museum Center, to accommodate the growth of its social enterprises and support more jobs for people who are blind or visually impaired.
Through increased space and capacity for production operations, CABVI will meet new customer requirements and create new job opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired through exciting partnerships, like the one with MN8® Foxfire and the Kroger Company. CABVI employees who are blind or visually impaired will 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 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.
Once the Kenner Street facility is fully operational in 2017, CABVI will then convert portions of its manufacturing space on Gilbert Avenue to create space for expanded client services. Specific plans for these changes will be finalized in response to its 2017-2019 Agency Strategic Plan that is in the final stages of development for consideration by CABVI’s Board on October 27.
CABVI is grateful for a very generous estate gift from Carolyn (Voss) Hornbeck who passed away at the age of 93 on April 24, 2015. This gift is being used to cover the cost of CABVI’s Kenner Street building and makes possible expanded employment opportunities and available space for services.
John Mitchell, CEO adds that, “Ms. Hornbeck was visually impaired and was very aware of CABVI’s services to help people adapt to vision loss. We are grateful for her very generous gift that will help CABVI to provide increased opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired to be gainfully employed and allow for greater participation in our community.”
Since 1911, CABVI provides counseling, rehabilitation, information and employment services to people of all ages in the Greater Cincinnati region. Through all of its programs and services, it strives to help those who are blind, visually or print impaired lead full and independent lives. CABVI provides services to approximately 5,000 people each year. For more information about CABVI, please call (513) 221-8558 or visit our website at www.cincyblind.org.
Photo: CABVI’s Additional Building on Kenner Street in Cincinnati.