Vision Loss Resources

Mission Statement

The mission of Vision Loss Resources is to create a community of service, skills and support for people with vision loss.

Contact Information

1936 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

General Information

Alternative Name
VLR, Minneapolis Society for the Blind, St. Paul Society for the Blind, Saint Paul Society for the Blind
Principal Staff
Kate Grathwol, Ph.D.
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Board Chair
Patricia Durst
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Impact and Programs

We expanded engagement with our community center by developing new opportunities for participants to socialize, interact, and engage in their communities. We also increased participation in peer counseling and mentoring.
Current Goals
In 2016, we want to deepen our services in a community-based model, and leverage our newly-launched Low Vision Clinic to open a new access point to our services.
Community or Constituency Served
We serve adults who are blind or low-vision. Participants qualify for our services if their vision loss interferes with their daily life. We do not require a doctor’s referral, proof of a medical condition, or health insurance.
Geographic Area Served
We provide services in the 11-county metro area: Anoka, Washington, Ramsey, Dakota, Hennepin, Carver, Scott, Chisago, Isanti, Wright, and Jackson.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $1,995,664 83.4%
Management $305,345 12.8%
Fundraising $92,544 3.9%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $8,754,366 $9,029,642 $8,447,022
Beginning of Year: $9,029,642 $8,447,022 $7,732,539
Difference: ($275,276) $582,620 $714,483

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