According to the World Health Organization, 180 million people worldwide suffer from blindness or some form of impaired vision. Every single one of our lives are touched with at least one family member, friend, or acquaintances that has some form of vision impairment. For the sheer importance of gaining better knowledge (and ultimately striving for cures), October has been designated Blindness Awareness Month.

  • As every minute passes, another child becomes blind.
  • About 37 million people in the world are blind.
  • The leading cause of blindness in the U.S. is untreated cataracts.
  • The likeliness of blindness increases with age, especially after age 75.
  • The World Health Organization reports that 75% of blindness can be treated, cured, or prevented using reasonably priced methods.

There are many information sources that can shed light on these life changing situations. The National Federation of the Blind ( and American Federation for the Blind ( are two exceptional organizations that can help make sense of things. Remember… your sight is priceless. Take time to take care of it.



A Message from Lori Schermerhorn,
VRC President/CEO

As another school year has begun, we again ask where the time has gone. I am sure our previous leaders also felt that way. How quickly 85 years have flown by. Our address has changed, the client’s needs have changed, our mission has changed, and so has our name. The things that have stayed the same for all of these years have been our commitment to the Berks County community and our passion to help those struggling with blindness or visual impairment and their loved ones.

Whether an educational session, one on one counseling, support groups, lunch bunch, socialization programs, vision screenings, health fairs, home visits, Spanish speaking sight loss support group and counseling, workshop employment, summer camp, or referrals to other agencies, our commitment is strong and true. We continue to look for other ways to help our community and to expand our services to meet the changing needs.

To continue celebrating our 85th anniversary, we have several events planned in October. We will host a yard sale on Saturday, October 11th from 7AM-1PM, our 3rd annual Harvest Fest and 2nd annual Run/ Walk for Sight will be on Saturday, October 18th with the Run/Walk beginning at 9AM and the Harvest Fest from 10AM to 2PM, and a joint fundraiser with Kutztown University with a Dine in the Dark program on Friday, October 24th. Please continue to check our website at for more details on all of these events.

Thank you for your support of our agency. Here’s to our first 85 years and the upcoming 85!

Vision Resource Center provides programs and services to blind and visually impaired individuals in Berks County. Call 610-375-8407 for more information.  Make sure you like us on Facebook, too.