PNC Financial Services: Bank finances opening of first inclusive and responsive facility for people with vision loss and blindness in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE, October 1, 2021 – PNC Bank today announced $ 18.8 million in funding to support Beyond Vision, with the renovation of its new VisABILITY Center, Wisconsin’s first facility designed to optimize accessibility and resources for people who are blind or have vision loss. The inclusive and adaptive center will provide a unique sensory space that will stimulate opportunities for workforce development, economic empowerment and the potential co-location capacity of other global organizations to provide access to rehabilitation, health care and social services, especially for individuals residing in low to moderate income areas.
“PNC is committed to leveraging the power of its resources to help our customers and our communities succeed and grow financially. This project is a reflection of that commitment, as we seek to provide equal access to resources and employment opportunities through Beyond Vision’s new VisABILITY center. said Chris Hermann, PNC Wisconsin Regional Chair. “Accessibility is often at the crossroads of innovation and inclusion. PNC is proud to play a role in helping this unique center remove barriers for advance professional success and the overall health and financial well-being of the visually impaired.
The renovation of the 130,000 square foot center received financial support from PNC through a collaborative effort between its commercial banking activities, which provided a loan of $ 14 million; and its Tax Credit Solutions group, a PNC Real Estate company, which has invested $ 4.8 million in the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC). PNC also worked with community development entities, Impact Seven and First-Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprise, to provide an NMTC allocation for the project.
“For many people living with vision loss, Beyond Vision represents a path to their first job. Employees develop their self-esteem, improve their skills through on-site training and ultimately gain economic independence, ”said Jim Kerlin, President and CEO of Beyond Vision. “Our new VisABILITY center will help us take our efforts to the next level by creating a more optimal sensory experience aimed at tripling our local workforce.”
Work on the facility is expected to be completed by September 2022. Located in the former Sam’s Club at 1540 South 108 Street in West Allis, Wisconsin, the new space will reflect a universal design concept, which includes audio navigation systems smart phone interface, textured floor for orientation of blind employees, flooded ambient lighting for visually impaired employees, braille signage, assistive technology and landscaping with lots of green space. The center will also consolidate all Beyond Vision operations from three separate locations into one. Since 1903, Beyond Vision has worked to reduce the barriers people living with vision loss face in finding employment, achieving upward mobility, and gaining the confidence to thrive. Today, Beyond Vision is a high performing social enterprise that is 100% committed to providing quality products and outsourced services through creativity, collaboration and a common goal. Jobs and careers at Beyond Vision provide financial stability and independence while providing a collaborative and forward-thinking work environment where each employee is encouraged to explore their own path to growth and success. Visit www.BeyondVision.com to learn more about the services offered, careers and mission.
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its clients and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of personal and business banking services, including a full range of loan products; specialized services for businesses and government entities, including business banking, real estate financing and asset-backed loans; wealth management and asset management. For more information on PNC, visit www.pnc.com.
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