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Via Services Strategic Plan

Posted On: March 25, 2021


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The 26th Annual Via Ball

The 26th Annual Via Ball

Posted On: March 15, 2021

Join us for the 26th Annual Via Ball. This year’s event will be a VIRTUAL gala!

Enjoy a delicious dessert platter, premium wine, live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind items, prizes, and more – all from the comfort of home!

Choose from a regular viewing ticket which includes the live stream of the Via Ball and the ability to bid in the live and silent auctions as well as donate in the Fund-A-Need OR our VIP viewing package which includes all of the above in addition to the free delivery of a deluxe dessert platter, a premium bottle of wine, and entry into the 3 live drawings with a grand prize of $1,000.

Show your support for Via Services through any of our amazing sponsorship opportunities, starting at $2,500.

Mark your calendars now and we will see you online on May 20th at 7pm!

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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 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 https://zoom.us/j/2758005468?pwd=RDk3WUxUOUVxcDE5M1ZHRVcrNXhXQT09

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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Giving Tuesday 2020

Posted On: August 12, 2020

We surpassed our goal!

Thank you so much to everyone who showed their support on December 1st for Via Services! We raised over $55,000, surpassing our goal of $50,000! Keep reading to learn where those funds will be used. We always welcome continued donations – every extra dollar we earn will go towards the reopening of Via West Campus!

Reopening Via West Campus

2020 was an unprecedented year for Via Services. When the pandemic hit and shelter-in-place orders went into effect in March, Via West was forced to shut down all of our respite and summer camps, which typically serve more than 2,000 kids, teens, and adults with special needs each year. All in-person services, including our First Step occupational and speech therapy programs, were canceled, and our fundraising events had to be postponed. With dramatically reduced revenue, we had to undertake several cost saving measures to keep our organization afloat. These included a layoff of over 50% of staff, salary reductions, adapting to virtual therapy for our First Step program, applying for emergency relief grants, donor support, utilizing reserve funds, and the receipt of a PPP loan.

Via Services has been a staple in the Bay Area special needs community for over 75 years, and we will persevere through Covid-19 and the setbacks it has brought to our organization. But, we can’t do it alone.

We asked for your help to raise $50,000 to prepare for our reopening of Via West Campus, once we are safely allowed to do so. These funds will go directly to hiring new leadership for Via West and Altitude as well as to the recruitment of program managers, health care staff, kitchen and maintenance workers, and quality counselors. Our facilities and supplies will need to be cleaned, replenished, and updated to meet new Covid-19 standards. We will be designing new and innovative programs, lesson plans, and safety protocols to ensure the best experience for everyone that comes to us.

Your donation will ensure that our camps will be ready to welcome you back to the safe, loving, and fun environment that you have relied on for the past 75 years.

Just because Giving Tuesday is over, it doesn’t mean that the giving has to stop! If you would like to still contribute to the reopening of Via West Campus, please click the link below to make a one-time Giving Tuesday donation or click here to set up reoccurring gifts. You may also call 408-243-7861 to donate over the phone! Many employers in the Bay Area will match your donation, so please make sure to check in with your company. Want to pay through PayPal? No problem – Via is a registered charity with PayPal. Click here to begin.

How do I participate?

Just because Giving Tuesday is over, it doesn’t mean that the giving has to stop! If you would like to still contribute to the reopening of Via West Campus, please click the link below to make a one-time Giving Tuesday donation or click here to set up reoccurring gifts. You may also call 408-243-7861 to donate over the phone! Many employers in the Bay Area will match your donation, so please make sure to check in with your company. Want to pay through PayPal? No problem – Via is a registered charity with PayPal. Click here to begin.

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25th Annual Via Ball

Posted On: March 10, 2020

THANK YOU!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the 25th Annual Via Ball on Saturday, February 29th, and to everyone that supported our event. You helped to make this the most successful Via Ball and fundraising event in our 75 year history as an organization. There are countless people to thank, but we wish to acknowledge our wonderful sponsors.

Click below for photos and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

Via Ball Photos


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4th Annual Poker Tournament

Posted On: March 4, 2020

After careful consideration and based on current guidelines from the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organization, we have decided to postpone our 4th Annual Poker Tournament, which was to take place on Thursday, May 7th. We made this decision with the health and safety or our families, supporters, and staff as our highest priority.


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