2019: Building for the Future

Celebrating 65 Years of Service

Photo collage: Senior IMPACT Project clients, CareersPLUS students, and Music Support Group participants

We want to extend our deepest thanks to you for helping to make 2018 a very successful and meaningful year for everyone at Society for the Blind.

Thanks to you, we were able to respond to increasing requests for our services from people throughout the 27 counties we serve. Some 5,000 people living with low vision or blindness accessed our services at our main training center in Sacramento, in their own communities and in their homes.

Our Mobile Low Vision Clinic brought low vision eye care and vision rehabilitation therapy services to Butte and Shasta counties. Our Senior IMPACT Project served 525 older adults in 2018 and added a monthly support group for Asian Americans. Our CareersPLUS Youth program made connections with more than 250 youth in 2018, and a new toddler/parent support group was added to bring resources and connections to parents raising children with vision loss. We launched a Music Support Group – a twice weekly gathering of students and staff who come together to play music and sing.

All in all, 2018 was a robust year at Society for the Blind and we are excited for what is to come in 2019! It may be noisy as we start construction on the build-out of our first floor. This new addition will give us nearly 5,000 square feet of additional space for teaching, an indoor orientation and mobility course, and a brand-new teaching kitchen and dining room for our Senior IMPACT Project. Stay tuned for updates!

Finally, we are excited to share with you that the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society selected Society for the Blind to receive the 2018 Medical Community Service Award. Details about the awards event on February 28, 2019, including how to get tickets, will be coming soon.

As Society for the Blind enters its 65th year of service in 2019 we are heartened by the support from each of you and inspired daily by the people we serve. Thank you for caring and for making a lasting difference in the lives of people living with low vision and blindness.