Hope is a Passion for the Possible

Hope is a Passion for the Possible 

~ Kierkegaard

It is hard to believe that the year is nearly over! As I think about 2022, I am filled with deep gratitude for you, our friends, donors and volunteers.

As I write, the smell of freshly baked pumpkin bread wafts through the office and clients are mingling in the hallway between classes – all signs that we have been able to get back to some of our “normal” activities this year, including in-person classes and support groups. In November, we hosted the Technology and Resource Fair with more than 100 people attending, and this week we held our Senior IMPACT Project Holiday Party. This holiday party was extra special as we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the program that has assisted thousands of older adults with vision loss and blindness.

This past year, Society achieved a milestone goal with the establishment of the Dr. Paul & Alice Peterson Endowment, ensuring that funding will be available in years to come for new programs and expansion of current services. Speaking of expansion, we also completed the acquisition of the Sacramento Braille Transcribers. Society for the Blind will now have a new program offering Braille transcription and job training opportunities for our clients. Watch for more news about the Braille Production and Training Program in 2023!

I am filled with gratitude for the incredible support from the community for Society for the Blind this past year. From volunteers recording hundreds of hours of news and information for our Access News Telephone Reader program to the many individuals, companies and foundations that contributed to support our programs. And it goes without saying that it is the staff of Society for the Blind whose commitment and expertise make it possible for our clients to discover, develop and achieve their full potential.

Savoring all that Society accomplished in 2022, the question that leads the way into the new year for me is: What more is possible? Let’s find out together.

On behalf of Society for the Blind, I wish you and your loved ones a happy and healthy holiday season and new year!