ABOUT THE VISION RESOURCE

CENTER

Serving visually impaired and blind people of the Cape Fear region since 1939

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.

ABOUT US

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.

 
Our History

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 the Dorothy Gilmore Therapeutic Recreation Center located at 1600 Purdue Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28304. 

 

In May 2019 (thanks to all our incredible supporters) the Vision Resource Center now has their very own Center for the Blind, our NEW HOME located at 2736 Cedar Creek Road Fayetteville, NC 28312.

Governing Board

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. 

Meet Terri Thomas - Executive Director of the Vision Resource Center 

Terri Thomas spent most of her career in corporate America as an experienced buyer with a proven track record of cost reduction, efficient supply chain management and leader in training SAP ERP systems at John Deere and Wyeth Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.  However, her dad's health began to decline, and she took on the role of elderly "only-child" caregiver. This role transformed her life.   She left Wyeth in 2004 with a severance package in hand while pursuing her Master's Degree in Gerontology at Oklahoma State.  Terri always had a desire for helping the less fortunate and making a difference with the elderly.  At the end of her severance, one of her church members approached her with a potential job lead.  She recommended that Terri work with the blind.   Terri's reply was instantly I don't know a thing about 

working with blind people, and her church member smartly replied well you like working with the old and we are old. That's what brought Terri to the Vision Resource Center (VRC)  in 2010.  Terri is known for going above and beyond to help, advocate and support the blind and visually impaired in her community through their life journey sightless.  She enjoys creating meaningful experiences for them that don't limit them just because they don't have sight.  Her VRC family enjoys plays/concerts, civic engagement, Zumba, Tai Chi, Surfing, Rock Climbing as well as skills classes to help them to adjust in their environments with their lack of sight.  Driven by her motto taken from 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life on Fire, by John O'Leary, True greatness in life is to choose to pursue significance over success. Terri takes pride in making a difference for those that need a voice! Terri is a foodie, loves to travel and loves to laugh which she incorporates in her life as Executive Director of the Center.

 

VRC Mission:

The Vision Resource Center (VRC) enhances the quality of life for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Board Members

 

Jacqueline Smith - Chair

Lyrica Harris - Vice Chair 

Alicia Cope - Secretary

Patty Nusbaum - Treasurer

Dr. Mark Kendrick

Steve Goodson

Fred Baker

Jason Brady

Reshma Patel 

Cara Spencer

Advisory

Ramon Yarborough

Suzanne Shankar

Rick and Carol Foster 

Melvin Lindsey

Staff

Terri Thomas  - Executive Director

James Johnson - Driver

Debra Hunt  - Driver 

Cory Worrell - Volunteer Youth Coordinator

Ann Metter Montoya - Volunteer Office Coordinator 

Board meetings are held monthly at 5:30 pm at Vision Resource Center (1600 Purdue Drive Fayetteville, NC) or Systel (2604 Fort Bragg Rd, Fayetteville, NC).

If you are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer organization or to learn more about our programs and services please complete the email form below or call (910) 483-2719. 

2736 Cedar Creek Road Fayetteville, NC  28312 | (910) 483-2719 | vrcexdirector@gmail.com

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