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The Santa Clara Valley Blind Center was organized in May 1953 as a nonprofit, public benefit corporation.  Two years later, the Beverly-Burbank Lions Club donated 1.6 acres of land in San Jose for a building.  Construction and furnishing of the building was a cooperative effort of individuals, organizations, businesses, Santa Clara County trade unions and schools.

The Center still stands at its original 101 North Bascom Avenue address and still looks to the 26 local Lions clubs for volunteer assistance and partial funding. It was, however, never the intention of these clubs to provide 100% of the funding or volunteers for the Center, but rather to provide the facility and some support, making it easier for the programs to be funded by the community.  Today, SCVBC enjoys the support of the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, in addition to Federal and State funding.

Over the years, the agency's programs have expanded rapidly as funding has become available.  As a result of individuals' generosity, services have increased to include strong rehabilitative training and additional recreational activities.  SCVBC works closely in many partnerships to strengthen its programs, as well as leverage the many positive resources in the community.


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2015-2016 Audit

Client Testimony


Mission and Vision



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Famous Notes

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Recreation & Therapeutic Activities


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