New Vision for Independence Inc.
9501 US Highway 441
Leesburg FL 34788
Contact Information
Address 9501 US Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
Phone (352) 435-5040
Fax (352) 435-6303
Web and Social Media
Donate with a credit card http://newvisionfl.org/donate
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Kessler prepares for lifelong learning in the Blind Babies program
Mission
Mission

New Vision for Independence is committed to excellence in providing rehabilitation, community education, advocacy, and support services for people with low vision or blindness and their families to promote independence, acceptance, and self-confidence.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Chantel Shafer Buck
Board Chair Colleen Kollmann
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
History
IRS Ruling Year 2005
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph
 
 
Projected Revenue $549,370.00
Projected Expenses $549,370.00
Statements
Mission

New Vision for Independence is committed to excellence in providing rehabilitation, community education, advocacy, and support services for people with low vision or blindness and their families to promote independence, acceptance, and self-confidence.

Impact

A loss of vision can quickly lead to a loss of independence. Preparing meals, pouring a hot cup of coffee, dialing a telephone, writing checks, organizing medications, fitting a plug into an outlet, reading the newspaper, and obtaining transportation are examples of day-to-day tasks that are taken for granted and are simple to perform – with vision. But without vision each task can become a source of frustration, anger, and even danger. Without learning to overcome the obstacle of blindness, loss of vision can be accompanied by loss of independence, loss of self-esteem, fear and frustration, and even depression. These losses not only affect the person with the visual impairment – family members and friends also experience a loss. Relationships are affected, roles are altered and sometimes reversed, and emotions of frustration, anger, and uncertainty can build. Loss of vision can initially result in anger, denial, and depression – for both the visually impaired person and his family and friends.

When education and rehabilitation are provided, the negative outcomes of blindness can be reduced or completely overcome.
 
In FY2016-2017, New Vision provided direct services (i.e. specialized, customized skills training) 150 unduplicated individuals of all ages. 100% of graduates increased their functional ability and 90% increased their independence. 
Independent Research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or program effectiveness? Yes
Needs
Funding for Program Personnel
New Vision is a service-based organization and requires highly-credentialed instructors. Services are offered at no charge but are not free to provide. Non-restrictive funding is needed to allow us to fund our program personnel.
Background

New Vision for Independence, Inc. was incorporated on July 18, 2005 by a steering committee of Lake and Sumter citizens who wanted to ensure that the rehabilitation and education needs of visually impaired and blind individuals of Lake and Sumter counties would be met. New Vision is a not-profit charitable organization registered in the State of Florida as a nationally-accredited 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and is the only community resource serving people with low vision or blindness in Lake, Sumter, and The Villages.

CEO Statement When you choose to invest your time, talent, and/or treasure with New Vision, you are choosing to join a family unlike any other. The staff and volunteers at New Vision are committed to the success of every client. Vision loss shouldn't be "the end." As tragic and traumatic as vision loss is, it can be overcome. One can learn to adapt and create a new life with the tools and support acquired with New Vision. I encourage you to join our passionate family and help our neighbors with vision loss discover a new vision for their independence.
NTEE Information
Primary Organization Type Human Services
Primary Organization SubType Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services
Areas Served
Geographic Areas Served
FL - Lake
FL - Sumter
Lake and Sumter counties and The Villages
Goals
HelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The goal for New Vision is to have all participants in our programs graduate with increased functional abilities, independence, acceptance, and self-confidence. They will be prepared to handle their next phases of life, whether it is kindergarten, high school graduation, employment, or retirement, and be able to live life with vision loss.
Strategies
HelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? New Vision will assess all participants to determine their goals, needs, and deficits. Once those needs and goals have been determined, the instructors will determine the best means of service delivery, for example, in a group setting, on a one-on-one basis, in the home, at an outreach location, weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Instructors monitor progress and document monthly. Instructors continually re-assess to ensure the clients' needs are being met. New Vision will employ the most highly qualified, dedicated staff to provide the best possible services for long-term success. New Vision will also partner with similar and complementary service providers to help rehabilitate the clients.   
Capabilities
HelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? New Vision is a nationally accredited agency. New Vision staff have 3 Master's Degrees, 4 National Certifications, and over 75 years of experience. New Vision has tremendous community support, including Lake Sumter State College's donation of office space. New Vision is award contracts annually from the State of Florida Division of Blind Services. 
Indicators
HelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Instructors continually monitor progress. Every client is asked at closure if they have had any increases in their independence, acceptance, and self-confidence. Pre- and post-assessments gauge increase in functional abilities. We also ask for testimonials from clients so they can qualify in their own words the value of services received.
Progress
HelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? In New Vision's first year, we served 16 people. Last year, we served 150 unduplicated clients.
Programs
Description
Early Intervention services help ensure that visually impaired and blind children enter school as ready to learn as their sighted classmates and links children and their families to other available resources. Services are provided to enhance all areas of child development (cognitive, communicative, daily living, orientation and mobility, sensory, and motor skills) of children from birth through five years of age with visual impairments, and their families. Service are specialized as they relate to blindness and visual impairment.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.

As a result of participating in New Vision’s Blind Babies Program, caregiver feels better able to help child grow, learn, and develop, and be better able to interact with service providers and find support for child.

Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Children completing this program will enter school as ready to learn as their sighted counterparts.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Comprehensive Developmental Assessment (CDA) using an acceptable instrument (Oregon, Callier Azusa, Carolina, or other DBS approved assessment tools) and Functional Vision Assessment (FVA)
Instructors' monthly progress notes
 
 
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
100% of respondents in the most recent program evaluation said "A great deal better" or "Better" for the following questions:
As a result of participating in New Vision's Blind Babies Program, caregiver feels better able to help child grow, learn, and develop.
Better able to interact with service providers and find support for child.
 
Description The VIKING (Visually Impaired Kids Investigating New Ground) Children's Program services visually impaired children age 6 through 13, to supplement and enhance the skills taught in schools.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Children will gain the life skills needed to be successful as they enter high school and prepare for independence. 80% of participants will increase their levels of function ability and independence.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Ongoing assessments and instructor reports
Description The VITAL Program (Visually Impaired Teen Accessing Life) helps high school students transition to live beyond high school, prepares them for independent living, college, and/or employment.   
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. By the end of each training session, each student will demonstrate an increase in functional ability, independence, and/or self-confidence.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Graduates will be able to successfully live on their own and find and retain gainful employment.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Instructor observation, assessments, student feedback
Description
The Adult BLIND (Blind Living with Independence and New Dexterity) Program provides rehabilitation instruction and guidance that helps individuals acquire skills and knowledge to manage their daily lives, and enables adults with low vision or blindness to live more independently in their homes and communities with a maximum degree of independence. Services under this program include (in order of priority for most clients): independent living skills, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, and Braille.
Population Served Adults
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Upon completion of services, individuals are less dependent on others; they are able to get around with confidence in the home environment, and in the immediate area outside the home, prepare simple meals with confidence, manage housekeeping tasks, manage paperwork, access reading materials such as books, newspaper, magazines, as well as participate in community activities. Furthmore, individuals will have more control in making important life decisions, feel more confident in ability to perform daily activities most important to them, and have participated in and benefited from peer support group based upon their individual needs and abilities.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Pre- and post-Comprehensive Functional Assessment
Instructors' monthly notes
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

Kathleen baked homemade blueberry muffins that she prepared with berries she handpicked from a local farm. While this may not seem like that big a deal, but think about it - how would you bake muffins if you lost your vision? How would you read the recipe? Use the oven? 

Kathleen shared how New Vision’s living skills instructor came out to her home and helped her organize her kitchen, marked her appliances so she could use her flat panel appliances, and introduced her to helpful devices like talking measuring cups.

The mobility instructor taught her how to walk around her neighborhood grocery store independently and handle her money so she could buy her groceries.

The technology instructor empowered her to use the screen reader technology on her iPad to access recipes, as well as search the internet, communicate with loved ones, and take notes.

And the services and support from New Vision staff gave her the confidence to go blueberry picking in Yalaha.

Description
The Employability for VIPs Program (Visually Impaired Persons) provides rehabilitation instruction and guidance that helps individuals seeking employment to acquire skills and knowledge to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain employment. Services under this program include (in order provided to most clients): assistive technology, orientation and mobility, job readiness, independent living skills, and Braille as needed. Under this program, New Vision works with local employers and employment networks to lay the groundwork in the community for mainstream employers’ acceptance of visually disabled applicants and employees.
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Adults
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Participants will complete their desired areas of training (i.e. assistive technology, orientation and mobility, Braille, job readiness, etc.) to increase their confidence and ability to meet their desired employment outcome.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Participants will feel more confident in their ability to prepare for, enter, engage in, or retain employment.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Pre- and Post-Comprehensive Functional Assessment
Assistive Technology Assessment
Job Readiness Pre-Assessment
Orientation and Mobility Assessment
Instructors' Monthly Progress Notes
Examples of SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

In 2009, Scott enrolled in a group living skills class. The class “opened up my world and pulled me out of my cave.” He met others on their journey through vision loss and learned techniques to make the journey a little easier.

From that point, he also became a regular attendee at local visual impairment support groups, took computer classes through New Vision, and received training in using a white cane and safety using Lake Xpress.

Scott volunteers at New Vision as a peer mentor. His task: make weekly phone calls to clients who could use a friendly ear to chat or an empathetic shoulder to cry on. He loves his job. “It gives me purpose,” Scott said. “I hear myself when they hide inside their sadness. I try to lift them up, like New Vision did for me.”

Board Chair
Board Chair Colleen Kollmann
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair
Board
Board Members
NameCompany AffiliationsStatusCertificate*
Eddy Duryea Global-5 CommunicationsVotingNo
Lisa Johnson EZ Nutrition 101VotingNo
Colleen Kollman RetiredVotingYes
Linda Little community volunteerVotingNo
Sarah Payne Ameriprise FinancialVotingNo
Mary Rhodes The Mortgage FirmVotingNo
*This individual has been awarded a Certificate in Orientation to Board Service by the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College ebi.rollins.edu,
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Policies
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Standing Committees
Committee Name
Audit
Governance
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Development
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Advisory Board
NameCompany Affiliation
Dr. Ethiraj Ramchander Ram Eye Care
Comments
CEO Comments New Vision appreciates our volunteer leaders. We are proud of our Board's expertise and diversity and we feel we have a great mix to lead our organization. We always welcome new members who have the skills and interests to benefit our organization and community.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Chantel Shafer Buck
Term Start May 2011
Email cbuck@newvisionfl.org
Experience

Chantel Buck has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and MBA from Western Governors University. She also holds certificates in Nonprofit Management, Volunteer Management, and Fundraising/Development from Rollins College Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership Center. She has been with New Vision since 2009 and was trained by the previous executive director who still works for New Vision as a full-time instructor.

CEO Salary Range $50,001 - $75,000
Former CEOs
Former CEOs
NameStartEnd
Bebe Chudeusz Mar 2008May 2011
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Other
Collaborations
Florida Agencies Serving the Blind 
LovExtension
Building Blocks Ministries
Early Steps of Lake, Sumter, Volusia, Putnam
ARC of Central Florida 
Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast 
Deaf & Hearing Services
Central Florida Dreamplex    
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessment or Accreditation Year
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2011
National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving the Blind and Visually Handicapped (NAC) - Accreditation2015
Awards
AwardAwarding OrganizationYear
Agency Partner of the YearUnited Way of Lake and Sumter Counties2011
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
State Registration Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Month Apr
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Expiration Year 2021
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30, 2017
Documents
Form 990s
YearDocument
2015990
2014990 FY 2013-2014
2013990
2012990
2011990
2010990
2009990 10-1-08 to 9-30-09
2008990 1-1-08 to 9-30-08 - short year
2007990
2006990
Audit Documents
YearDocument
2016Audit 2015-2016
2015Audit FY 2014-2015
2014Audit FY 2013-2014
2013Audit
2012Audit
2011Audit
20112010-2011 Audit
2010Audit
2009Audit
2008Audit
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Letter
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$15,000$15,000$0
Government Contributions$308,183$325,473$295,622
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$308,183$325,473$295,622
Individual Contributions$5,799$19,534$51,156
$0$0$0
$37,823$56,661$54,185
Investment Income, Net of Losses$74$162$777
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$26,551$9,052$20,513
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocations
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$410,463$406,085$362,663
Administration Expense$36,869$35,865$34,835
Fundraising Expense$17,256$15,907$18,204
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.850.931.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%89%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%4%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$180,711$250,062$279,769
Current Assets$125,621$242,499$270,337
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$9,400$8,794$6,526
Total Net Assets$171,311$241,268$273,243
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment $308,183Government $325,473Government $295,622
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $37,823Earned Revenue $56,661Earned Revenue $54,185
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $26,551Individuals $19,534Individuals, Foundations, Corporations $51,156
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.3627.5841.42
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments New Vision experienced a deficit in recent years and had to borrow from the board-restricted operating reserve. To help counteract this, the board approved the investment in a full time development director to grow fundraising and drastically trimmed expenses while new revenue streams are being developed.
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.
990 and audit are reconciled.
2012: Inkind revenues include donated services and facilities as reported on the 990. Figure not included in the total revenues.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Notes Programs listed here are those that are only activated during a disaster. Some organizations have unified budgeting and do not budget by program. Because of this, some budget fields may be blank or represent an approximation. Organization describes previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster.
Documents
Nonprofit New Vision for Independence Inc.
Address 9501 US Highway 441
Leesburg, FL 34788
Primary Phone (352) 435-5040
Contact Email cbuck@newvisionfl.org
CEO/Executive Director Chantel Shafer Buck
Board Chair Colleen Kollmann
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2005