New York City Industries for the Blind is Joining Forces with Alphapointe
NYCIB will now be known as Alphapointe.NYC
Merged organization will offer enhanced jobs and services to people who are blind and vision impaired
New York City Industries for the Blind (NYCIB), a 501(c)3 organization located in Brooklyn, NY announced today that it is merging with Alphapointe, another 501(c)3 organization located in Kansas City, MO, to join forces and operate as a division of Alphapointe under the new name, Alphapointe.NYC. The two agencies, whose missions align to create opportunities and aspirational careers for people who are blind and visually impaired, will continue to expand upon the 18-year effort of NYCIB to create jobs for people who are blind in New York City. The merged organization will have over 400 employees operating in 9 locations in 4 states.
Rick Bland, founder, President and CEO of NYCIB said, “This merger among ‘sister’ not-for-profit agencies with similar missions, will build upon and expand NYCIB’s 18-year effort to create an ever-increasing number of employment opportunities for legally blind New Yorkers.” Alphapointe.NYC will bring significantly expanded resources to the programs that NYCIB has offered. “Organizations, whether not-for-profit or for-profit, must continually search for greater efficiencies to provide the best possible programmatic services to their customers. With an unemployment rate among legally blind New Yorkers that exceeds 70%, Alphapointe.NYC will be able to more than double the resources committed to help reduce this unacceptably high statistic. We ask for the continuing support of our customers, partners, government officials, foundations, and associates as Alphapointe.NYC begins the next phase of work that NYCIB has been honored to provide since 1995.”
Alphapointe.NYC will be led by Reinhard Mabry, President and CEO of Alphapointe. Members of the Board of Directors of NYCIB will be asked to join the Board of Directors of Alphapointe. Rick Bland will remain with the agency as an employee for one year to ensure a smooth transition of the new Alphapointe.NYC division. In the interest of efficiency, some administrative functions will be streamlined and headquartered at Alphapointe’s Kansas City location, but the work performed by New York City residents who are blind will remain at the Brooklyn location.
Reinhard Mabry, President and CEO of Alphapointe, says, “This merger is the result of a common desire to expand jobs and services for all people with vision loss in New York City and Kansas City. In this age of government sequestration and shutdowns, it is imperative that companies streamline operations and make decisions based on the best interest of its employees. As the industry leader, with over 100 years of experience in both employment and rehabilitation services for people who are blind, Alphapointe is uniquely positioned to expand and continue the great work being done by NYCIB. It is with excitement and confidence that the board, staff and supporters of Alphapointe look forward to this important next step in expanding our mission of empowerment for people with vision loss.”
Gina Gowin, 816-237-2025
About New York City Industries for the Blind-
Located in the heart of Brooklyn, New York City Industries for the Blind, Inc. (NYCIB) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit company that was founded and incorporated in November of 1995. NYCIB is the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the New York City area. NYCIB offers employment opportunities to individuals who are legally blind through manufacturing of products, business services, and job placement programs. NYCIB manufactures AbilityOne/Skilcraft products under the AbilityOne Program supplying the Federal government and military personnel with quality products. NYCIB is also affiliated with The New York State Preferred Source Program (NYSPSP), which supplies a broad range of products and services to New York state, city and local government agencies.
About Alphapointe- Alphapointe, located in Kansas City, MO has been empowering people with vision loss to maximize their independence since its founding in 1911. Alphapointe is the largest employer of people who are blind in the State of Missouri and the region’s largest resource for people with vision loss, offering products and services nationwide. Alphapointe’s full family of companies includes plastics, micro-molding, office product manufacturing and sales, contact center services, retail stores and a comprehensive rehabilitation and education program for people who are blind or visually impaired.