We rely on sponsorships to defray the costs of the Fall Festival so that we can make this event free for all to attend. We have so many different opportunities starting as low as $100! Every little bit helps, so please consider sponsoring one of the available items. Please click the button below to get started. SPONSORSHIPS
Please help us keep track of who will be attending this year by clicking the link below to RSVP. If you complete the form, you will receive one free raffle ticket when you arrive at the Fall Festival to enter to win one of many amazing prizes, including $500 in cash! You could be a winner just by letting us know you will be there! RSVP
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.
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.
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.
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).
If you can’t make the tournament, but you still want to support Via, then you can participate in our online Silent Auction! We have amazing items for everyone – from vacations to wine to family fun – we have it all! Click the link below for ONLINE AUCTION REGISTRATION and then read below for how to get started! It’s so easy!
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.
COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIRED FOR ALL STAFF AND PARTICIPANTS
Due to the recent significant rise in covid-19 cases, with the majority of people diagnosed being those who are not fully vaccinated*, ALL STAFF AND PARTICIPANTS are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of a sessionfor the foreseeable future. Please provide a copy of your covid-19 vaccine card when you submit your paperwork. If you are not currently fully vaccinated*, but you are planning to become vaccinated prior to your session, please let us know.
*Please note that fully vaccinated means two weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine OR two weeks have passed after receiving the Johnson & Johnson/Jensen vaccine.
We recognize that currently, participants under the age of 12 are not eligible to receive any of the covid-19 vaccines. Safety is our top priority, and we regret that we will not be able to serve this particular age group at this time. We are hopeful that we will be able to change this policy in the future if there is a lower risk of infection in our area.
If you have registered for a session, but you are not planning or able to receive the vaccine before the start date, please contact Kim Nguyen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-243-7861, ext. 214, and we will issue a full refund of your registration deposit and any fees already paid.
All participants and staff working with or around program are required to be fully vaccinated.
Screening (temperature checks and self-assessment) is required upon check-in for all participants and staff.
Lodges will have smaller groups.
There will be decreased interactions between participants and staff of different lodge groups (cohorts).
Cleaning and sanitizing areas in between uses will be increased.
Any activities that can be performed outdoors will be moved to outside.
Masks will be required during all indoor activities, excluding sleeping, showering/bathing, and during eating.
The availability of hand sanitizer will be increased and more frequent hand washing will be encouraged.
Any participants or staff who show signs or symptoms of covid-19 will be immediately quarantined and required to be picked up from campus.
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.
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!