“Mission Vision strives to remove barriers that cause undiagnosed and untreated vision and hearing impairments among impoverished citizens in our community and around the world by advocating for those affected through medical services and education.”
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were they thankful…” — ROMANS 1:20-21
Mission Vision endeavors to open the physical eyes of our beneficiaries, ensuring they can clearly see God’s Creation!
Mission Vision is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization which partners exclusively with other community service providers to deliver free eye exams, custom eyeglasses, and other essential supplies directly to homeless, uninsured, working poor, and low-fixed income souls in Western Pennsylvania and abroad. Our Vision of Hope program conducts free eye care clinics on site at crisis shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, and sliding-fee medical clinics, where many in the demographic targeted by Mission Vision are already getting their primary needs for food and shelter met. As a measure to prevent unnecessary blindness, Mission Vision is also dedicated to educating community and neighborhood outreach providers about the importance of maintaining eye health, and the dangers of neglecting it.
The inspiration for Mission Vision came in 1996 when Dr. William C. Christie took his first of many medical mission trips to Ghana, Africa. Dr. Christie worked alongside Rev. Dr. Seth Ablorh, his friend and medical school classmate, as he helped establish Manna Mission Hospital. Today, the facility is a 40 bed mission hospital with an outpatient facility and services in general medicine, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, radiology and dentistry. Dr. Christie created Mission Vision to support medical outreach in Ghana and to expand it to other areas of the world. For this reason Mission Vision also partners with other international mission teams to provide training, supplies, and support for effective eye care and evangelical outreaches.
While international missions continue to be a large part of Mission Vision’s ministry, the Vision of Hope program targets the eye care needs in Pennsylvania – particularly in the greater Pittsburgh area. This aspect of the ministry now comprises the majority of our day-to-day work. The demand for Mission Vision clinics among community service providers in Western Pennsylvania is so great, that the current wait time for service is 18 to 24 months! At our current capacity, Mission Vision is running at a rate of 4 to 5 clinics per month. Whether through the donation of time or money, generous giving from people like you goes a long way to improve quality of life for our less fortunate neighbors. If you want to learn more about how you can get involved, please check out the How You Can Help page.
- William C. Christie, M.D.
- Jeffrey J. Rihn, CPA
- Terry Snider
- Dr. George Fyke
- William M. Schaffner
- Juanita Hogan
- Tony Rock
Position: President/CEO, Scott & Christie and Associates, PC; Good Looks Eyewear, Inc., SCAC, LLC dba The Surgery Center at Cranberry
Position: Treasurer/CFO, Scott & Christie and Associates, PC; Good Looks Eyewear, Inc., SCAC, LLC dba The Surgery Center at Cranberry.
Title: Pilot, US Airways
Title: Audiologist, Scott & Christie and Associates
Position: Board Member
Title: President of Schaffner Manufacturing, Inc.
Position: Board Member
Title: Nurse Practitioner, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Position: Board Member
Juanita Hogan R.N. M.S.N. C.R.N.P. C.S.N., is a nurse with over 30 years experience. She completed her undergraduate nursing degrees at Community College of Allegheny County and LaRoche College. In 1997 obtained a masters in the science of nursing from LaRoche College as a certified registered nurse practitioner with a concentration in family health. She is employed as school nurse practitioner for more than 23 years. It is an honor to serve the students, families, communities as well as an active Mission Vision board member.
Tony is employed by the Federal Government as a Quality Specialist. He has been married to his wife, Diana, for over 37 years. Together they have three lovely daughters who love the Lord Jesus and serve Him through their work. Tony and Diana enjoy traveling, bicycling, square dancing, and working in their flower beds and garden. Most of all they love serving God wherever they are. Tony accepted Jesus in 1970 and has been active in Church life since then. He has taught Sunday school, done Gospel ballooning, been on missions trips to Ghana, West Africa, and has been involved with disability ministry on a national level for many years as well as host to a home Bible study group.
Tony and Diana are looking forward to being more active in serving others and having fun with their new grandchildren after retirement. Tony is thrilled to share his ideas and encouragement with the others as a member of the Mission Vision Board of Directors.