Mission: To help children and adults with disabilities and special needs achieve greater self-sufficiency and lead richer lives. Via's Living Healthy corporate framework embraces physical growth and development, emotional well-being, social engagement and meaningful participation. For the community we serve, Via's programs provide clients and their families with the building blocks of empowerment, independence and choice. For the community we live in, Via catalyzes transformation, increases capacity and promotes interdependence through the creation of services and supports. Programs include the First Step Early Intervention Program, KidConnections and Via West Campus, through which over 2300 children and adults and their families are served annually. Via's clients reflect the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of the Bay Area
Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County and Greater Bay Area primarily
Programs: First Step Early Intervention and Via West Campus
My first experience with VIA services was through a partnership with the Rotary Club of Cupertino. The Rotary club provided some money and assistance for a three day long respite camp up at VIA’s Camp Costanoan in 2006. The experience was extremely rewarding for us as volunteers to see the impact that VIA had on the children of special needs as well as the families.
I agreed to come onto the Board spring of 2008. Here is where I have learned about the extensive programs that reach a breathe of areas for children and adults in Silicon Valley.
VIA is expanding programs such as the "First step" which is for early intervention and a program called “Fit for Life” which speaks to the overall quality of life for the clients and are constantly looking for ways to serve the community better.