Our Mission and Vision
The Vision Resource Center enhances the lives of adults and children living in the Cape Fear Region who are visually impaired by: advocating for their needs, identifying and sharing information about community resources, providing education, skill development and socialization opportunities.
The Vision Resource Center began in 1936 as the Cumberland County Association of the Blind, serving the needs of this special population in conjunction with the Cumberland County Department of Social Services. We are proud to be one of the first four agencies of the United Way of Cumberland County.
In 1976, with the involvement of a group of church members, the Cumberland County Association of the Blind was incorporated and began offering services at a facility on Robeson Street.
In 2000, our name changed to the Vision Resource Center (VRC), and, in 2007, we moved to our current facilities at the Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center located at 1600 Purdue Dr, Fayetteville, NC.
The Vision Resource Center is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors, who serve on a volunteer basis. Our Board members are actively involved in the Center’s operations and fundraising efforts. Board meetings are scheduled at least four times a year. They are held monthly at the Dorothy Gilmore Recreation Center at 12:00p.m. or 5:30pm.
Patty Nusbaum- Chair
Melvin Lindsay- Vice Chair
Carol Foster- Secretary
Alicia Cope- Treasurer
Ramon Yarborough, Advisory
Suzanne Shankar, Advisory
Executive Director: Terri Thomas
Office Manager: Jennifer Lyden
Driver/Program Assistant: James Johnson
Driver: Jeanne Sadler