Latest News From VIA Services

8th Annual Fall Festival

Posted On: July 12, 2021

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Registration is OPEN for all Via West and Altitude programs!

Posted On: June 23, 2021

Social Saturdays and Sundays

Social Saturdays and Sundays is a shorter program offered on weekends that is based on our Via West and Altitude community integration outings. The program will consist of 2-4 social outings each month. Click the button below learn more about our new program, to see the dates and descriptions for the summer sessions, and to register.

Social Saturdays and Sundays

Via West Fall, Winter, and Spring Programs

We are excited to offer our Traditional Day & Weekend Programs along with Travel Camps and Adventures in Life Readiness. This year, we are also having our first ever full week Ski Week session! AND, we are continuing the Social Saturdays and Sundays programs throughout the year. Click the button below for the dates and full descriptions and to register.

Via West Registration

Altitude Fall, Winter, and Spring Programs

We are excited to offer our Traditional Day & Weekend Programs along with Travel Camps and Adventures in Life Readiness. This year, we are also new sessions geared specifically towards our young adults that are ages 18-30! AND, we are continuing the Social Saturdays and Sundays programs throughout the year. Click the button below for the dates and full descriptions and to register.

Altitude Registration


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Via West Staff and Volunteer Information Sessions

Posted On: June 16, 2021

Staff and Volunteer Opportunities

Social Saturdays and Sundays


We are now hiring Recreation Leaders for Saturdays and/or Sundays.

Via Services provides recreation, respite, and therapy program services for children and young adults with special needs.

Social Saturday and Sunday Leaders will accompany participants on local outings to ensure safe, meaningful experiences for everyone.

Outings will consist of a “meetup” at a specified location, which will vary depending on the group’s ages, interests, and cognitive abilities. Each outing will be for approximately 4-6 hours (typically 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM).

Here are some of the places you’ll go:

  • The Tech Museum in San Jose
  • AAH Smile Farm in Sunnyvale
  • San Jose History Park
  • Japanese Friendship Gardens in San Jose

Please join us!

Information Session for Job Seekers

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

2851 Park Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050 OR contact us to receive a Zoom link if you are unable to attend in person.

CANCELED – Information Session for Volunteers – CANCELED

Contact HR at to RSVP – or just come to an Information Session to learn more!

If you are unable to attend the Information Session, please join our mailing list to hear about future hiring and volunteer news.

View Open Positions and Apply Here

Via West will also be hiring staff to work weekends starting in September.  Please join our mailing list to receive information about our weekend Camp experiences!

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Via Services Strategic Plan

Posted On: March 25, 2021

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The 26th Annual Via Ball

Posted On: March 15, 2021

Thank you so much to everyone that attended the virtual Via Ball on Thursday, May 20th. While it was certainly a different event than what we have become accustomed to, it was still such a fun evening! So many of you stepped up to show your support – our sponsorships were the highest they have ever been! Our Silent Auction also went above what we anticipated, so thank you so very much to all of our families, friends, and community partners!

Our Fund-A-Need goal was to raise $75,000 to reopen Via West Campus to in-person programs this September. Thanks to our match from Mike and Kathi Endris, we doubled the first $25,000 donated. We have currently raised $52,450, so we are well over halfway there. If you were unable to participate in the Via Ball but still want to give, we ask that you consider making a donation in the Fund-A-Need.

There is a simple 2 step process outlined below in order to sign up to donate. Please read through and then click the button for Fund-A-Need to learn more about how your gift can bring back camp to the hundreds of kids, teens, and adults with special needs that have so desperately missed it during the pandemic.

STEP ONE: Click on either of the boxes that read “GET STARTED”

STEP TWO: Click “CREATE ACCOUNT” to securely enter your contact and credit card information.


Once again, we sincerely appreciate your belief in our mission and the services we provide to our community. On behalf of the wonderful families we serve, please accept our heartfelt thank you.


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Covid-19 Updates and Important Information

Posted On: September 8, 2020

UPDATE 2/3/21 12:55pm

Based on the current rate of vaccinations and the latest projections of Covid-19 infections, we are now planning to return to in-person programs in September of this year, with the possibility of some late summer camp sessions. Our ability to reopen is going to be driven by both county health and regional center guidelines. In order to ensure the safety of all involved, we will also be requiring all clients, staff, and contractors to be vaccinated in order to participate in our in-person programs.

UPDATE 4/28/20 1:30pm

The shelter-in-place orders have been extended through the end of May in Santa Clara County. All scheduled respite sessions for Via West have been canceled. First Step will continue to use teletherapy to provide speech and occupational therapy as well as assessments. Our office remains closed, but our staff is available during normal business hours.

If you have any questions and you are a First Step client, please contact Jen Baird. If you are a Via West client, please contact Matt Bell.

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AAH Virtual Visits

Posted On: September 3, 2020

We are so excited to announce a new fun offering for all of our Via families in a joint collaboration with Animal Assisted Happiness (AAH) and funded by the San Jose Mercury News Wishbook:

Join us online to watch, learn, and participate in virtual barnyard interactions. These visits are completely free to you, with no registration required. Simply click the link below and reconnect with some familiar faces, meet new friends, and all learn together.

We know that 2020 has dealt us a rough hand, and we can’t even begin to tell you how much we miss seeing every single one of you on our Via West Campus. BUT, we are very excited to embark on this new adventure with you all, and we hope each visit will bring a smile to your face…until we are able to gather around the fire circle once more!

AAH has been a wonderful partner to Via West over the years – bringing their farm to us for the Fall Festival and countless Via West and Altitude sessions. Their mission is to enrich the lives of youth with needs through barnyard interactions creating smiles throughout their AAH community. We are so excited to be able to partner with them once again.

Below you will find the dates of all of our remaining visits, along with the zoom login, which will be the same for each visit. We will see you soon! If you have any questions, please click here to contact Leslie Davis.

Via Services/AAH Virtual Visits

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 275 800 5468 Passcode: 750128

Dial by your location +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 275 800 5468 Passcode: 750128

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Via Vanguard Archive

Posted On: August 27, 2020

​Welcome to the Via Services e-newsletter, The Via Vanguard. We specifically chose this name because Via is always at the forefront of new ideas. We pride ourselves on always searching for new and innovative ways to fulfill our mission of helping individuals with special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives. We are excited to expand our communications throughout the year to keep you connected as a part of the Via family. We will update you on current and future programs and events, get to know featured Via staff, and we will answer your pressing questions with our Ask Via feature. Below, you will find an archive of all previously published newsletters. Make sure to click the button to subscribe to our newsletters!

Issue 1 – November 2017

Issue 2 – February 2018

Issues 3 – May 2018

Issue 4 – August 2018

Issue 5 – November 2018

Issue 6 – February 2019

Issue 7 – April 2019

Issue 8 – August 2019

Issue 9 – November 2019

Issue 10 – February 2020

Issue 11 – April 2020

Issue 12 – July 2020

Issue 13 – February 2021

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