95 Years Young!


In January 1921 the first religious service radio broadcast in the United States on, KDKA-Pittsburgh. The same station broadcast the first radio baseball game in August of the same year. The game featured the Pirates-Phillies from Forbes Field. 1921 also saw the historic inauguration of Warren G. Harding as the 29th President of the United States and our country formally ending World War I, declaring a peace with Germany. It was also the first year of service to the blind and visually impaired for Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania.

For 95 years the non-profit organization has survived a series of name changes, locations, and an expanding area of responsibility that now includes Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin and Perry counties. Vision Resources has also remained determined to be as self sufficient as possible offering business opportunities and employment to persons with a variety disability challenges. The businesses began with such hand-production objects as brooms and aprons, but today include many sophisticated ventures as printing, bulk mail services, warehousing and fulfillment, commercial janitorial services, and commercial carpet and flooring installations.

The programs and services side of Vision Resources continues to grow as well, keeping pace with the increase of eye diseases and client needs of a growing older population. Today the Prevention Department conducts thousands of free eye screenings for pre-school children and adults, and eye safety seminars. Case-management specialists provide one-on-one assistance to a portfolio of clients that would be house-bound without their help. Vision Resources has professional doctors to operate the in-house Eye Clinic and Vision Rehab Center. Clients are taught how to use new computer and touch-technologies. And Reading Services provides 24 hour radio programming expressly chosen for the blind and print impaired community. This service is available in single frequency radio units, part-time on the Comcast Community Channel, and via streaming on the computer or over wifi devices.

Another landmark during 1921 was the birth of the first U.S. astronaut to orbit Earth, John Glenn, who later became a U.S. Senator from Ohio. Senator Glenn was unafraid to reach for the stars in both of his careers and achieved great success. Vision Resources has also remained steadfast and determined to be successful as we work to raise the quality of life for many of our most at-risk individuals. As a respected and viable community benefits organization for 95 years, Vision Resources too, continues to reach for the stars.

 by Paul Zavinsky, Director of Development and Public Relations