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About Us

Eyes Like Mine Inc. is a non profit 501-C3 organization established in March of 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. It was founded by Krystle Allen, a Newark native, to empower, enlighten, and innovate communities in New Jersey about vision loss and the available resources for people with vision loss. At it’s inception, Elm Inc. was founded with the help of Naquela Wright and Ihsaan R. Muhammad Esq., along with the founder Krystle Allen to introduce a unique pattern of advocacy for individuals who are vision impaired or blind.

Our Mission

To share awareness about the abilities and potentials of individuals with vision loss through advocacy and community outreach, comprehensive empowerment workshops, and awareness events.

Our Vision

To inspire advocacy by breaking down the societal barriers placed against individuals who are previously or currently experiencing vision loss. Our ultimate goal is to create a more accessible society for individuals who are vision impaired and blind so that they can live, learn, and work in equal opportunities.

All Men Support Group

Flyer of All Women Support Group

Eyes Like Mine presents an All-Women Support Group. We invite you to join us every second Thursday of the month. Meetings take place from 7 PM – 9 PM EST on Zoom, click the below button to join.  

All Men Support Group

EYES LIKE MINE INC. PRESENTS<br />
ALL-MALE SUPPORT GROUP<br />
SECOND WEDNESDAY EVERY MONTH!<br />
7PM - 9PM EST<br />
ZOOM: tinyurl.com/malesupportgroup<br />
QUESTIONS: events@eyeslikemine.org and 973-327-3035

Eyes Like Mine presents an All-Male Support Group. We invite you to join us every second Wednesday of the month. Meetings take place from 7 PM – 9 PM EST on Zoom, click the below button to join.  

Dancing With The Blind

Eyes Like Mine is bringing you Dancing With The Blind. We are looking for dancers both, sighted and blind. Dancing With The Blind will be held on April 28th, 2023 at 4 PM – 8 PM ET. The venue for the event is Grounds For Sculpture, 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619. 

Please nominate someone who is vision impaired or blind and who you believe would be good fit for our Dancing With The Blind event. Link to the Eyes Like Mine Inc. 2023 Dancing With The Blind nomination form: 

For further questions, email us at events@eyeslikemine.org or call us at 973-327-3035.

Queen’s Runway Fashion Show

A Flyer of QUEEN'S RUNWAY FASHION SHOW DATE: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2023 TIME: 2:30PM PLACE: THE MC HOTEL 690 BLOOMFIELD AVE Enjoy an afternoon of Fashion at the MC Hotel Tickets are available now! Promote your business with the Queen's Runway, Swag bags and reach more clientele as a Queen's Runway Vendor. Check the QR Codes on the Event cover photo. @soeursmag follow for more

QUEEN’S RUNWAY FASHION SHOW
DATE: SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2023
TIME: 3:30PM
PLACE: THE MC HOTEL 690 BLOOMFIELD AVE
Enjoy an afternoon of Fashion at the MC Hotel Tickets are available now!
Promote your business with the Queen’s Runway, Swag bags and reach more clientele as a Queen’s Runway Vendor.
Check the QR Codes on the Event cover photo.
@soeursmag follow for more

Eyes Like Mine Inc. Presents The Finding Ms. Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant Tour

Congratulations to Ms. Blind Diva 2022, Goddest Johnson!

Goddest is well known as “FIGHT” (Faith Is Getting Her Through).  Goddest soul provides a real-life comprehensive perspective or living an independent successful life beyond vision loss as she utilizes comprehensive skill training classes, resource training, community outreach events to educate as well as motivate and show what is possible to blind and visually impaired adults and children by allowing them to live a productive and independent life beyond vision loss.
Goddest travels the world and has done speaking engagement.  May 15, 2022, she received an honorary and was the only honorary who was asked to speak to over 500 Women at “Women Of Orlando luncheon (“Orem by Monique Scott Nichols”). Many of her friends flew from various areas in the United States to see her speak that sold out the event.  Rising above expectations is something that comes as no obstacle to Goddest.  Goddest was born in September 1980 and spent the early part of her childhood residing in Chicago Illinois with her mother; a single parent who suffered from mental illness and a severe drug addiction.  Goddest was the oldest of her four siblings in which her childhood took a major change when she was seven years old and her mother went to prison for life. At the most trying time in her life at this point she began her journey as becoming a client of the foster care system.  By the age of 15, Goddest has had already live in over nine different foster homes and 11 different group homes. Due to several different circumstances Goddest has made the decision to become emancipated at the age of 16 and take on the responsibility of an adult.
Later she became the sole guardian of her sister and was determined to show her what could be possible with determination and staying focused. To set this example Goddest became the first one of her siblings to graduate from high school. When Goddest was 21 years of age her younger brother went to prison and was given 44 years, this left her devastated but shined a new light towards her future. At this point she was determined to keep reaching out and breaking the cycle to give others hope and something to look up to.  Goddest, went on to obtain her bachelor’s from NOVA Southeastern University which was one of the greatest accomplishments.  Goddest needed a way to give back so becoming a nurse only seemed like a perfect idea to her.  Perfect until life took another unexpected turn in February 2009.  Goddest was involved in a tragic car accident which left her legally blind.  In spite of all of Goddest obstacles that she face, the proudest moment was when she met the mother of NBA All-Star Shaquille O’Neal (Shack) Lucille O’Neil who interviewed her and was brought to tears while she stated to Goddest that Goddest was her inspiration and how Goddest touched her life in a major way by giving her the motivation to press through when most people did not know that she was struggling with her own visual impairment.  Goddest shared that Lucille O’Neil was the first person who inspired her to share her story and she has been doing so since.
This amazing woman of God has many amazing stories that put tears to the eyes of the listener when she speaks.”

9th Annual Resource Fair

Saturday, October 15th, 2022, 2:00 PM-6:00PM

Nat Turner Park, Muhammad Ali Ave. & Boyd St. Entrance, Newark, NJ 07108

There will be resources, food trucks, giveaways, family fun, and more! Register using the link below:

REGISTER

If you would like to exhibit, please register using this link:

EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION

Audio Book Club Schedule

May 29 – A Snowy Day by ezra jack keatz

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sept 4- Green Light by Matthew Mcconaughey

Sept 11- Kardashian Confident by the kardashians.

Sept 18- Where The Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Sept 28- Just As I am by cisalee Tyson

 

June 5- Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

June 12- Hope, Grace, & Faith by Leah Messer

June 19- Walk two Moon by Shannon Creech

June 26- I Wonder while I Wander Langston Hughes

 

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Oct 2- Where We Belong by Hoda Kotb

Oct 9- Inner Circle Evelyn Lozada

Oct 16- I Really Needed Today by Hoda Kotb

Oct 23-Bulletproof by Maci Book out

Oct 30-The Day I Shot Cupid by Jennifer Love Hewitt

 

July 10-Unstopable by Bethany Hamilton

July 17-Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

July 24-Unsweeten by Jody Sweeten

July 31- The Help by Kathryn Stockett

 

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Nov 6- True Love by Jennifer Lopez

Nov 13- Remembering Whitney by Cissy Houston

Nov 20- I’m Reshaping it All by Candace Cameron

Nov 27- Room to Grow by Tracy Gold

August 7- Sliding Into Home by Kendra Wilkinson

August 14-No Limits Michael Phelps

August 21- Family Ties by Danielle Steele

August 28-Kiss The Girls & Make Them Cry by Mary Higgins Clark

 

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Dec 4- Heart of A Woman by Maya Angelou

Dec 11- True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

Dec 18- The Greech by Dr Seuss

Meet The Team

Krystle Allen

Founder & President

  

Newark New Jersey native Krystle Allen serves as the founder and president of Eyes Like Mine Inc. Krystle is a millennial entrepreneur and non-profiteer who is no stranger to work that involves community development, social change, and grassroots efforts. When she is not attending to Eyes Like Mine matters, she is employed with the New Jersey Commission For the Blind and Visually Impaired under the Department of Human Services in the role of the community outreach specialist. Krystle has served on the access committee of the Jersey City non-profit organization Art House Productions Inc for the past four years.  Krystle’s introduction to the non-profit sector began when working with the Montclair YMCA for eight years in the extended care program.

Krystle is a graduate of Newark’s University High School and continued her education by majoring in social science at Essex County College Newark, NJ campus. Currently, she is actively pursuing her enrollment in the Leadership Newark class of 2020 to strengthen her leadership abilities further. Lastly, Krystle has completed a community training program through the Greater Newark L.I.S.C. Despite her vision loss, Krystle has a vision gained to impact one community at a time through her combined advocacy activities.

Naquela Wright

Co-Founder & Vice President

  

Naquela Wright-Prevoe was born on December 25, 1991. She lost her vision in the summer of 2010. Shortly after losing her vision, she took classes at The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey from November 2010 to March 2011. Around the time that she took these classes, Naquela resolved that she had to keep moving forward despite her vision loss. Shortly thereafter, Naquela met Krystle Allen and developed a friendship. That friendship, between two women who decided that vision loss would not break them, was a huge part of the motivation to start a non profit geared towards people losing their vision. They decided that they wanted to help uplift and motivate people to be their best selves. Thus, Eyes Like Mine was born! Naquela Wright-Prevoe Is now happily married with 2 kids. She is the Vice President of Eyes Like Mine and is engrossed in her music career. She has a mixtape out and she works as a telecommunicator at the VA hospital in East Orange, New Jersey. She is so grateful and happy for the things that she has accomplished. She lives by the motto of “Know your limits but do not limit yourself”.

Brandon Scott

Board Member

Brandon Scott is a resident of Eatontown New Jersey. As early as he can remember, he has always had a passion for social justice, community empowerment, and self advocacy. As a result, it was no surprise when he pursued social work in college, graduating from Georgian Court University with a bachelors in social work. Professionally, he has served at the Red Bank lunch break soup kitchen, the Jewish renaissance Medical Center, and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Brandon has been volunteering with eyes like mine since 2014.

Otis H. Kerr, LMT

Board Member

  

At a young age, Otis H, Kerr started using massage as a means of helping his family and friends with their health and well-being. Otis received his formal training at the Academy of Massage Therapy in Hackensack, NJ. He graduated with his certification in Clinical Massage Therapy with Spa Concentration in October 2010. Otis has been distinguished as the academy’s first blind graduate.

Otis is employed by Elements Therapeutic Massage in New Providence, NJ as a lead massage therapist. He also runs his own massage therapy business under Kerr’s Massage & Bodywork in Warren, NJ.
In his spare time, Otis is a remarkable DJ. He has been spinning records since the age of 19. He is self-taught on various DJ platforms including turntables and Serato DJ. He loves all genres of music but truly enjoys playing Reggae, Dancehall, Lovers Rock and Culture.

He believes in giving back to the community by providing services both as a massage therapist and DJ, at outreach events for churches, medical facilities and charitable organizations. Otis is married to his best friend, Phyllis, and they are the proud parents of a 3-year-old princess, Alicia Lyn.

Steven McCoy

Board Member

  

Steven McCoy is the First Black DeafBlind Journalist. The Disney Alumni is the founder of media company Spoken Entertainment. The media company provides a platform for McCoy to produce his popular podcast “Sessions with Steven”. The platform where he’s able to interview popular guests to heighten love, humanity and awareness. “Sessions with Steven” audience now gets the live experience as McCoy tours around the world as a Motivational Speaker to spread awareness about Usher Syndrome.

Volunteer Internship Opportunity

 

Interested in our organization activities and want to be a part of Eyes Like Mine Inc?

Please fill out the volunteer internship application now and be a part of our Eyes Like Mine Inc mission.

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