Somerset County Blind Center - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Somerset County Blind Center
748 S. Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
(814) 445-1310 111 (Local)
(814) 445-3184 (Fax)
(866) 876-6550 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Blind Center is a private, non-profit organization primarily funded by contributions, grants and manufacturing revenue.

Hours of operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Clients served on average per year: 350
Number of staff: 9
Staff description: Robin Stemple, Director Services Linda Karosic, Caseworker Millie Gibbs, Caseworker Judy Brick, Vision Services Worker Manufacturing Alan Hope, Supervisor Alice Boyer, Assistant Supervisor David Saylor, Shipping and Receiving Anna Hope, Finances Ray Forney, Driver
Geographic area served: Somerset County.
Publications: What's Happening (our quarterly newsletter in print and on tape)


Linda Karosic
Somerset County Blind Center
Windber Office
1605 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963


Robin Stemple, Executive Director,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Assessment
    • Provides preschool and adult vision and hearing screenings.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Life Skill classes help to meet the clients' need for socialization with other visually impaired individuals and also to allow the Blind Center to provide basic instruction effectively and efficiently.
  • Employment/Job Training
    • Employs blind and visually impaired workers in a variety of manufacturing operations. Products produced include heavy duty file folders, persentation binders, construction flags, mouse pads, kayak back bands and file folders made from 100% recycled materials. For more information please go to
  • In-Home Services
    • Provides the necessary services to allow clients to remain in their own homes and function as independently as possible. Services include assistance with writing checks for bill payment, marking appliances, demonstrating organizational techniques and reading print materials. Cleaning, lawn care or nursing services not provided.
  • Low Vision Services
    • Provides low vision devices at no cost to clients. Also provides watches, signature guides, check-writing guides, 20/20 pens and other low vision aids to clients at no charge.
  • Reading Services
    • Central PA Radio Reader offers a wide variety of valuable information to listeners 24 hours a day. CPRR features the Johnstown Tribune Democrat read at 2:00 and repeated at 4:00. CPRR is part of the In-Touch Network. Also operates a phone news service that features segments of the Somerset Daily American.
  • Recreation Services
    • Organizes recreational activities for clients, typically at no cost, or at a minimal charge. Activities range from horseback riding and Christmas parties to professional theater productions and bowling. Groups are taken to the Mountain Playhouse several times a year for dress rehearsals. Also organizes several other outtings, including a day at Camp T. Frank Soles, a day at the Yough Lake. Hosts host an annual banquet for customers, volunteers and staff. We also take customers to area events, such as the National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival, Mountain Craft Days and the Farmer's and Thresherman's Jubilee.
  • Services for Seniors
    • In addition to the services described above, provides transportation with escort. Works closely with the PA Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services.
  • Support Groups
    • Conducts a monthly support group meeting at the Blind Center to allow clients to express their feelings of frustration and isolation in an informal, non-threatening environment. These meetings also allow clients to share helpful tips, success stories, useful information sources, etc.
  • Transportation Services
    • Provides daily transportation to/from work.
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