Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Awarded Catholic Health Foundation (CHF) Grant

Brookline, MA – (July 2022) Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) announced it had received a $5,000 grant from the Catholic Health Foundation of Greater Boston to support services for older adults living with visual disabilities. More than 700 older adults with visual disabilities from throughout the Archdiocese of Boston will receive medical and support services that help them to live safe, healthy, and engaged lives in their community thanks to the support of this grant.

“The Catholic Health Foundation is pleased to partner with MABVI to support health and wellness initiatives in greater Boston at such a critical time,” said Lynne Sullivan, executive director of the Catholic Health Foundation.  CHF has been partnering with organizations to serve our communities since 2014, awarding more than $5 million dollars during that time.

Board President Gavan Mooney said, “Day in and day out, the organizations funded through the Catholic Health Foundation change the lives of tens of thousands of people in our communities. We are so grateful for their work and extremely proud to have the opportunity to help support them in their efforts.”

“MABVI is grateful to have been awarded this grant from the Catholic Health Foundation to provide critical services to more older adults with visual disabilities, said Barbara Salisbury, CEO of MAB Community Services. “This funding will ensure blind and visually impaired residents in greater Boston can access the services and resources they need for increased social connectedness, self-determined interdependence within their own community, and a safe and healthy home environment for their visual functionality.”

About Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI)

Founded in 1903, MABVI is one of the oldest social service organizations in the country serving more than 1,200 older adults who live with blindness or low vision. MABVI’s dedicated staff provides high-impact, cost-effective services, including vision rehabilitation, adjustment counseling, peer-led support groups, and access/assistive technology training to those aging into visual disability. MABVI also partners with community and medical groups and relies on hundreds of generous volunteers. MABVI is a division of MAB Community Services (MAB) an organization that specializes in creating opportunities to transform the lives of individuals with a range of disabilities to live full and independent lives in the community. MAB’s three distinct divisions are the Ivy Street School, MAB Adult Disability Services, and Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

About the Catholic Health Foundation

The Catholic Health Foundation of Greater Boston, Inc. (Catholic Health Foundation, “CHF”) is overseen by the Archdiocese of Boston’s Catholic Community Fund and exists to provide financial support to non-profit organizations that provide health care and healthcare services consistent with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church within the 144 cities and towns that comprise the Archdiocese of Boston. Grants through the CHF are distributed annually in accordance with the restrictions established in the original endowed gifts. No grants are made to individuals or government agencies, or for endowments or operating deficits. Since its first grants in 2014, CHF has distributed 446 grants totaling more than $5 million.