Independence with Dignity for Over 70 Years
|1938||Erie Center for the Blind opened its doors.|
|1940s||Primary services include eye exams and free eye glasses for low income residents. Richard Wright, Clarence Mack, Walter Yahn, Gus Pulakos, Judge James Dwyer, James McBrier, Mrs. Harry Schaal, Donald Leslie, Fred McBride,I.D. McQuiston and Martin Mageneau were early board members.|
|1952||Sheltered workshop opens at East 21st & Holland Streets, where blind people were employed to do piece work for Inland Container Corporation, Erie Brewing Company, Surre and other vendors.|
|Added “Reading Radio,” cooking classes, chair caning, Friday night dances, and the Golden Age Club to its programs for blind people.|
|1961||$100,000 capital campaign, chaired by Guy B. Wilson and Arthur F. Schultz, funded a new facility at 24th and Cherry Streets.|
|1963||Tyco Swick hired as Executive Director|
|1967||Began to administer the Lions Club eye care program for children.|
|1970s||Added transportation and other support services for blind people.|
|1980s||Focus shifted from blind employment to vision rehabilitation due to the increase of age-and disease-related vision loss.|
|2001||The name of the agency was changed to Vision and Blindness Resources.|
|2007||Received $2 million bequest from The Anonymous Friend.|
|2009||Tyco Swick retired and the board appointed Linda Hackshaw as CEO.
Changed its name to The Sight Center.
|2010||Conducted a successful $1.35 million Capital Campaign to purchase and renovate its new facility. The NEW Sight Center opened its doors in October.|
|2011||Received national accreditation from the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Impaired (NAC).
Eyeglass lab opens, enabling us to produce eyewear on-site thanks to Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
The Sight Center organized the 1st Annual Dining in the Dark event.
|2014||Hired an Optometrist and an Occupational Therapist to support Low Vision Clinic and Children’s Programming.|
|2015||Added Potter County, the 7th county in the Center’s service area.
LaunchedXSightablilities Sports Program for blind children and teens.
|2016||Through a collaboration with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVC), the Sight Center helped organize the Rediness for Emplyment and Career Happiness (R.E.A.C.H.) program for students with disabilities.|