Support the White Cane Fund

Monetary gifts from individuals and groups like yours provide VRC with unrestricted funds to provide services and programs for our clients. Partner with us to make our Berks communities a better place for our neighbors in need.

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Independent Living with Vision Loss

Increase safety and mobility at home and maintain an active and independent lifestyle.

accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services
works closely with the Bureau of Blind and Visual Services
a member of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind

Vision Resource Center of Berks County LogoFor over 85 years the Vision Resource Center of Berks County has helped prevent blindness, increase awareness and enabled visually impaired residents to lead independent and productive lives within the community.

The VRC Advantage:

• Yearly Service to over 400 Blind and Visually Impaired Berks County Residents

• Over 3000 FREE Children's Vision Screenings Completed Annually

• FREE Social Activities and Informative Events Each and Every Month

• Employment Opportunities and Professional Business Help

Glaucoma... The Leading Cause of Preventable Blindness

Story Credit: Glaucoma Research Foundation

Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase. Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing and glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Learn more about this sight-stealing disease now.

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VRC Activities and Events

  • Spanish Speaking Sight Loss Support Group at Berks Community Health Center, 838 Penn Street, Reading, 19602
    January 10, 2018

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  • Lunch Bunch at 11:30AM at Mimmo’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, located at 290 Morgantown Road, Reading 19611
    January 17, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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  • Sight Loss Support Group from 1:00-3:00PM at the Vision Resource Center, located at 2020 Hampden Blvd., Reading 19604
    January 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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  • Caregiver’s Support Group from 2:00-3:00PM at the Vision Resource Center, located at 2020 Hampden Blvd., Reading 19604
    January 24, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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President's Message - Winter 2018

Lori Schermerhorn, President/CEO

It always amazes me how quickly the holidays sneak up on me every year. Whether it be cookie baking, shopping for gifts, or holiday cards, I am always playing catch up to the very last minute! At VRC things were definitely bustling with the holiday spirit and parties! Our kids holiday get together was a lot of fun and we all look forward to seeing the kids and how much they have grown since summer! Watching their excitement really puts you in the holiday spirit! The Christmas parties for our clients and the workshop were a hit as well. It’s always nice to see everyone having fun and catching up with old friends as well as making new ones! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season well! The new year is upon us, and we have already begun plans for this year’s Vision and Hearing Expo coming up in May, and stay tuned for details of our first ‘80s dance in the works for the Spring! Here’s to making 2018 a great one!

As always, please check our website for upcoming events and like our Facebook page!

Until next time….

Community Impact
Community Impact

Free vision screeningseducation programs and special events to aid in vision awareness and help prevent visual impairments in Berks County.

Business Opportunities
Business Opportunities

Get competitive, fair pricing for packaging and assembly services while providing meaningful jobs to visually impaired individuals in the community.

VRC In-Sight Newsletter

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Articles and References

News, events and timely information related to low vision, blindness and other health related issues