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Last year, despite challenges from the pandemic we still served over 700 children. We need your help to continue our critical work to make a difference in the lives of children with vision loss!

We need our VIPS supporters help more than ever during this uniquely challenging time with the gift of a new donation or pledge, or continuing your existing your support. If you are not a monthly donor--now would be a great time to initiate a monthly gift. The families we serve depend on our teachers and we depend on you to help us in our critical mission to provide early intervention to every child with blindness or low vision.

Learn more about how VIPS is moving forward with our services in spite of COVID-19.

Gheens Foundation Awards VIPS with a $50,000 Gift

Visually Impaired Preschool Services was recently awarded a $50,000 gift from the Gheens Foundation to be used for in-home early intervention visits by VIPS teachers as well as for two- to five-year-olds who attend Kids Town Preschool at VIPS.

“We were completely overwhelmed at the generosity of the Gheens Foundation,” said Diane Nelson, VIPS Executive Director. “We’ve enjoyed a long-time relationship with Gheens—our library is named after them—and this gift means so much for a strong start for our kids with blindness or low vision.”

Demand for VIPS services increased so much that VIPS built a fifth classroom so that more students needing specialized preschool have access to the foundation VIPS lays. Last year, VIPS served over 600 children and anticipate that number only growing.

“I am confident our founders, Edwin and Mary Jo Gheens, who had no children, would be most pleased to know their legacy of love and generosity is being perpetuated through the all-important mission of VIPS,” said Gheens President, Barry Allen.

VIPS, founded in 1985, is a unique charitable organization dedicated to meeting the critical early intervention needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers birth to 5 years old with low or no vision in Kentucky and Indiana. VIPS served over 600 children this past year across Kentucky and Indiana and is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of visual impairment.

Our Kids Town Preschool at VIPS’ campus hosts visitors from around the world wanting to learn more about our Expanded Core Curriculum and best practices. Kids Town Preschool, a Kentucky 5-Star Center, is a test site for American Printing House for Blind’s new research and materials and is accredited nationally by AdvancED. VIPS was also recently awarded a 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

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