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    New Hampshire Association for the Blind

2008

    Annual Report

Cover, clockwise from top:

    Paintings by Vicente Paratore Summer Sunrise. ; Boats

    in Harbor. ; Board member Randy Pierce and guide dog,

    Quinn. ―I can comfortably say that I have had a rewarding and

    interesting life in which I would not change having gone blind because I value the experience as a part of my journey to the present.‖ ; Janet Akins, long-time volunteer at the Association, helped organize the first Blind Awareness Walk in 2004. She is shown here with her guide dog, Fonzy. Please see the inside back cover for a tribute to her life. ; Vicente Paratore with his

    guide dog, Cabrina, in his birthplace, Saint Martin, Argentina. Vicente flew to Argentina from Boston to Miami with an overnight layover before their flight to Santiago, Chile and then on to Mendoza, Argentina. Flying time: 26 hours and almost 6,000 miles.

A Special Message from the Chairman of

    the Board, Joyce Meisel,and the President

    and CEO, George Theriault

    The mission of the New Hampshire Association for the Blind is simple, ―to advance the independence of persons who are blind and visually impaired.‖ Our mission embodies a dream that Joyce and I have for all of those who struggle with vision loss every day. Living with blindness and severe vision loss is difficult. It is painful for those who are afflicted, as well as for their families and friends. Whether a person’s sight is lost gradually or all at once, it is a traumatic event. Many people arenot aware that resources exist to help them live their lives to the fullest.

    We are proud that our agency provides a high quality of training and support to people of all ages. We visit clients in their homes, their workplace and their schools. When they realize that help is available, their quality of life and self-confidence improve. The New Hampshire Association for the Blind is fortunate to have a well-trained and certified team of vision rehabilitation professionals as well as a committed administrative staff, dynamic management team and a strong and engaged Board of Directors.

    More importantly, the Association is fortunate to have your continued support. Your charitable donations have made it possible for us to provide vision rehabilitation services to thousands of people across the state. Your gift helped them achieve and find happiness in their lives despite their vision loss. The success of our clients following rehabilitation is of utmost importance to us. We measure a client’s progress by evaluating the results of client satisfaction surveys, pre- and post-service screenings as well as by follow up visits. The success of our clients is our success too!

    As an agency, our progress is monitored and measured annually using a ―Strategic Plan.‖ The Plan outlines our vision and key strategic areas; along with targeted goals and initiatives that are measured using ―strategic scorecards.‖ We believe that as an agency we must constantly be reviewing where we are and where we’re going to ensure that we are providing high level services that translate into highly successful outcomes for our clients.

    Success can be defined as a favorable outcome, victory, or accomplishment. Most of our clients have truly succeeded. For example, a woman with macular degeneration bowls in the Granite State Seniors League; a little girl with retinitis prematurea boards and rides the school bus and confidently walks into her first grade classroom; a career woman and mother recruits and manages volunteers to help others who are blind and visually impaired; a man travels back to his birthplace in Argentina and helps children with disabilities find creative ways to express the beauty that lies within. (Look for their photographs and read how they, and others, have made our world better because of their presence.)

    According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal

    (September 9, 2008), ―More than 16 million Americans report some form of visual impairment even when wearing glasses or contacts. That number is expected to double by 2030 as the aging population brings rising rates of macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other eye diseases.‖

    So, as we meet people crossing the street, out in the workplace, at school, on a bus, in the library, going to vote, at a PTA meeting or wherever else we venture, we know that our mission remains integral to the vitality of our communities.

    With your support, the Association will forge ahead to develop programs and services that are cost effectivein producing successful outcomes for the clients we serve.

    Sincerely,

    George Theriault, President

    Joyce Meisel, Board Chair

    Two artists meet: ?Vicente Paratore and José

    Feliciano at the Palace Theatre, ?November 2007.

Marjorie Bruner bowling at Boutwell’s Bowling

    Center, Concord, NH. Marjorie is involved in a

    senior candlepin bowling league (85+) where she

    has a 60 average. She received the Gold Medal

    Award for posting the best bowling score among

    women in the Granite State Seniors League.

    Marjorie shares the same birth year as NHAB:

    1912.

    Success in Numbers…

    Fiscal year 2008 was a successful year for the

    New Hampshire Association for the Blind.

    Clients Receiving Individual Services................................. 1,493 Clients Participating in Group Programs ............................... 590 New Clients Referred ............................................................. 542 Hours of Program Service ................................................. 31,228 Education Number of Students ............................................ 78 Education Number of School Districts ................................ 23 Total Number of Service Volunteers,

    Direct Service and Center-Based ....................................... 67

    Total Number of Hours for Service Volunteers ............ 2,561

    Total Number of Miles Traveled by

    Service Volunteers ...................................................... 15,414 Total Number of Special Event Volunteers ........................... 101 Gender of Clients Served

    Women ...............................................................1,022 = 68%

    Men ........................................................................ 471 = 32% Clients Between Ages of 7099 ............................................ 65%

    Primary Eye Conditions of Clients Served:

    Macular Degeneration ................................................. 703 = 36% Cataract ....................................................................... 307 = 16% Diabetic Retinopathy ................................................... 152 = 8%

    Glaucoma .................................................................... 221 = 11% Retinitis Pigmentosa ...................................................... 30 = 2%

    Other ............................................................................ 535 = 27%

A day at the beach Seacoast Peer Support Group.

    Gabby at North School, Londonderry, NH.

    Vicente Paratore and Board Member John Woods.

    Volunteers at work for the Spooky Silent Auction.

Program Highlights Successes!

    Planning for Staff Succession

    The Professional Staff Succession Plan Grant Award from the

    Gibney Family Foundation and the Byrne Foundation

    protects the quality of service and our ability to address a growing ?ser?vice demand over the next three years at the same time

    providing a sound succession plan for retiring professional

    service staff.

Meeting the Growing Needs of Vision

    Rehabilitation for Elders

    Again this year, the funding award from the Grimshaw

    Gudewicz Foundation was allocated to support essential

    services Low ?Vision and Adaptive Aids Training, Orientation and Mobility Training, Rehabilitation Teaching, Social Work, Assistive Technology, and Volunteer Services. These are the Association’s primary direct services provided to nearly all of the clients we serve.

    For the third year in a row, our thanks goes to the Mary Gale

    Foundation’s Grant Award to provide access to

    comprehensive vision rehabilitation services to needy women living with vision loss in Greater Manchester.

    A second year of funding was awarded to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind by the Board of Directors of the Pearl

    Manor Fund Mary and John Elliot Charitable

    Foundation. This commitment to the Senior Services

    Expansion Project in Manchester supports comprehensive rehabilitation services in the home and communities of elderly/needy men who are visually impaired.

    Seacoast Services

    Through a very generous grant from the New Hampshire

    Charitable Foundation-Piscataqua Region, the New

    Hampshire Association for the Blind increased the capacity of its volunteer program in the Seacost Region. Trained volunteers compliment the efforts of the Association’s professional rehabilitation staff.

    The Roger R. and Theresa Thompson Endowment Fund for the Benefit of Local Charities has been providing

    significant financial support to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind since 2000 helping to establish an office, staffing, and a strong community presence in the Seacoast Region for our clients.

Stephanie Hurd receives the New Hampshire

    Association of Volunteer Administrators (NHAVA)

    Rookie of the Year award as the Association’s

    Seacoast Volunteer Coordinator.

Bequests

    In the Association’s fiscal year running from September 1, 2007 through August 31, 2008, six individuals honored us with their legacy. Their foresight and planning assures the continuation, in perpetuity, of high quality programs and services for our clients in communities throughout New Hampshire.

    Estate of Evelyn P. Arell

    Estate of Helene DeLong

    E.H. Mather and F.M. Lee Irrevocable Trust

    Estate of Janet K. Merrill

    Estate of Phyllis H. Patenaude

    Estate of Clara Watkins

Professionals

    The New Hampshire Association for the Blind appreciates working with the following professionals to complete these life-affirming gifts:

    Ms. Beverly A. Anderson

    Mr. Stuart Morse

    Mr. John W. O’Dowd

    Ms. Virginia S. Sheehan

    Mr. Brackett L. Sheffy, Esquire

    Mr. Edmund J. Waters

Persis Gow, Development Volunteer and long-time

    supporter, ready for work!

Major Contributors to the 2007

    2008 Annual Services Fund

    From all of us who work at the New Hampshire Association for the Blind, thank you for the contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations, small businesses and service clubs.

    Your ?generosity and ?com?mitment allow us ―to advance the independence of individuals who are blind and visually impaired‖

    through the work we do every day to help children and adults in

    New Hampshire.

    President Council Oleonda Jameson Trust Fund

    $100,000+ Abbie Moseley Trust, Citizens Bank Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Trustee

    Foundation Walter O. and Amelia E. Nichols Fund The Mary Gale Foundation, Inc. Mildred W. and Charles P. Page Trust

     Robert H. and Gertrude E. Sedgley $50,000$99,999 Fund

    Pearl Manor Fund Marion E. Stubbs Trust

$25,000$49,999 $2,500$4,999

    Mrs. Eva M. Montembeault BAE Employee Community Fund, Inc.

     Brady Sullivan Properties

    $10,000$24,999 The Byrne Foundation

    Mrs. Mae E. Eagleson Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Carter

    The Gibney Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Cholette

    National Eye Institute Ann DeNicola Trust, Citizens Bank New Hampshire Charitable Trustee

    Foundation-Piscataqua Mae T. Drew Unitrust

    The Sim-Ayres Foundation Persis R. Gow

    Roger R. and Theresa A. Thompson *Mr. James Hughes

    Endowment Fund Lavallee/Brensinger Professional Dixie Wonders Irrevocable Trust Association

     Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation $5,000$9,999 of NH

    Mr. Roger E. Bouchard Mascoma Savings Bank Foundation

    Citizens Bank Foundation Florence B. Mudgett Trust

    United Way of the Greater Seacoast

    Samuel P. Hunt Foundation $1,000$2,499

    Ms. Kirsten A. Anderson Celia and George Theriault Mr. David R. Bieberle Town of Hanover

    Century 21 Cardinal Wire Belt Company of America Mr. Philip Chandler, Jr. Wolfeboro Lions Club Lori and David Chandonnais

    Citizens FinancialGroup, Inc. Patrons

    Cleveland Waters and Bass, P.A. $500$999

    Concord Lions Club AdaptiVision

    Concord Rotary Club Amherst Lions Club

    Benjamin Couch Trust Andover Lions Club

    Mr. and Mrs. Fred Desmarais Anonymous

    Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S. Dresser Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield The Eye Center of Concord Mrs. Katharine Beal Goffstown Lions Club Mrs. Nancy Bonachea Ms. Marlene M. Graf Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Bourque Harvey Construction Corp of NH Mr. Ashley Campbell Heritage United Way Catholic Medical Center Liberty Mutual Group Atty. and Mrs. William H. Craig Lincoln Financial Group Mrs. Mary J. Dewolf Exeter Lions Club Easter Seals of New Hampshire Mr. F. Cameron Ludwig Epsom/Chichester Lions Club Susan A. Manchester Gamache Enterprises Ms. Joyce A. Meisel Mrs. Sharon Fernandez Merchants Automotive Group Mr. and Mrs. Lindley Hall Mr. and Mrs. Howard Mitchell Mr. John A. Hubbard Mr. Charles R. Mulloy, Jr. Joe and Pasena Maroun Family NH Paraoptometric Association Foundation

    Harry A. Nichols Trust Ms. Maureen Kelliher Northeast Delta Dental Mr. Richard A. Larson Ocean Bank-Nashua Mr. Robert M. Lesmerises Dudley and Gene Orr Fund of the NH Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. MacDonald Charitable Foundation Town of Meredith

    Paper ThermometerCo., Inc. Town of Milford

    Poultry Products Northeast Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Morrissey, Jr.

    Shelley Proulx New Hampshire Hospital Association Ride-Away New Hampshire/Southern Maine Milford Rotary Club Combined Federal Campaign Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green NH Association of Hospital Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Smith Auxiliaries NHHA

    Mr. Thomas R. Sprague NHAB FundCarl Noyes

    Mr. Frederick C. Sullivan NHAB FundJack and Ellie Sawyer Mrs. Louise V. Tallman Ms. Virginia G. Paine Target Peterborough Lions Club

Ms. Linda A. Piekarski Keene Lions Club

    Redimix Companies, Inc. Mr. David W. Kiley, Sr.

     Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lampros Rivermead Mr. and Mrs. Gregory D. Landroche Mr. Charles F. Rolecek Mr. and Mrs. David M. Lang Rotary Club of Dover Ms. Shelley Lochhead Rye Lions Club Mrs. Marjorie E. Maher Sam’s Club6386 Mr. David C. Meltzer Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Scammon, Jr. Mrs. Elizabeth P. Merrill Mr. and Mrs. Alan J. Smith Merrimack County Savings Bank Mr. John B. Smith Milford Lions Club

    Mr. John W. Spallone, Sr. Mrs. Gloria J. Neary Town of Tilton Ocean Bank-Concord

    Mr. and Mrs. Alan K. Topliff Mr. and Mrs. Robert Quimby United Way of Greater Nashua Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Senior

     Mr. James A. Shanahan Benefactors Mr. and Mrs. William N. Sirak $250$499 Mr. Carlton E. Sockwell AdjustersInternational, Inc. Swenson Granite Works AMICA Investors Group Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Swenson Anonymous Ms. Barbara L. Tack Mr. and Mrs. James I. Armstrong Tarbell Professional Association Michelle M. Arruda, Esq. Turbotek Computer

    Centrix Bank Mr. and Mrs. Keith Vanhekelon Club National, Inc. Mr. Carroll E. Winch Cobb HillConstruction, Inc.

    Mr. George V. Colby, lll Subscribers

    Concord Eye Care $100$249

    Dr. and Mrs. David E. Corbit A#1 DisposalService, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Horance Cragin Absco Heating and Home Service Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Currier AdaptiVision

    Mrs. Edna Damewood All-Ways Accessible, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. David Deselle Mr. and Mrs. Frank Amand Mr. Robert J. Dion Mr. Scott D. Anderson William W. Evans Trust Mr. and Mrs. Wayne S. Anderson *Dr. Hubert Frings Mr. Peter H. Armstrong Mr. and Mrs. Scott P. Geraghty Ms. Diane Y. Aubrey Mrs. Ethel Greenspan Mr. Howard L. Bacon Mrs. Marion Hall Mrs. Marion R. Badger Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Hill Dr. and Mrs. Merwyn Bagan Mr. John Holm Ms. Marjorie C. Baker Mr. Wentworth Hubbard Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Balch Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Keegan Mrs. Mary B. Bargate

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