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Anchor Center for Blind Children

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Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Education, Human Services, Special Education

Mission: Anchor Center teachers and therapists help children and their families learn how to live with a vision impairment, meet critical early developmental goals and lead full, productive lives. Children graduate from Anchor Center programs to attend the public school system and amaze us all with what they can accomplish. Anchor Center is the only privately funded organization in Colorado that provides early intervention/developmental education services to very young children with blindness.

Target demographics: blind and visually impaired children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 380 children and families through center-based services, home visits and rural outreach

Geographic areas served: Stapleton serving all of Colorado through center based services and home visits

Programs: Anchor Center for Blind Children is a nationally recognized, private, non-profit agency whose goals are: *to provide educational and therapeutic services of the highest quality to children from birth to age five (whose vision is their primary obstacle to learning) without discrimination to race, national or ethnic origin, sex or religious preference; * to provide information and support to families for the purpose of: a) increasing parents appreciation and respect for their child's unique potential b) empowering families to advocate for their child; *to provide a setting that encourages children's independent functioning and ability to interact with their families, peers, and others in the world around them; *to collaborate with schools, community agencies and others in order to enable children who are blind to successfully transition into other educational settings and develop optimally.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Maria B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter attended anchor center Since she was a baby ... they helped us so much with their love and support when she graduated this year I was so sad... I am so great full for the opportunity to be part of their family..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an Anchor Center volunteer, I am touched by the impact that this center has on the children and families it serves. I have volunteered on several occasions for their respite program - and have personally experienced the magic and joy that happens at Anchor Center. Young children with visual impairments have a place that was created just for them during their most important developmental years: the building, teachers, therapists, etc. And families feel relief, and hope, and are included in the process of how best to help their children. The Anchor Center community has helped so many children and families and I am honored to be a volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was dignosed with a permanent, progressive, degenerative vision diagnosis, our specialist referred my son to the Anchor Center to begin preschool in a unique environment and with professionals that understand his path of development and his needs. The school is more than a school for us, as the staff and volunteers are helping my son enjoy a fantastic school environment and they have countless opportunities for the parents to learn and find a community in the low vision world. We have made friends there and my son is thriving. We are so grateful for his placement at the school and for the incredibly skilled and knowledgeable individuals who work to make Anchor Center a true blessing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year volunteering on their signature fundraising event...Sunset in the Country. During my time associated with Anchor Center (while going to committee meetings, interacting with and making friends with the thoughtful people running the organization) I was privileged to tour the facility and observe first hand the dedication each person invests in the young people to satisfy their needs. Anchor Center is well run, organized, and staffed by devoted, commited, caring people.

Cheryl123

Board Member

Rating: 5

Anchor Center is a place where miracles happen. So many families arrive feeling hopeless but with the support, education, and love from the staff, they graduate with a child full of potential. The amazing staff addresses all areas of concern----speech, mobility, socialization, independence, cane use, Braille readiness, and much more. Every staff member and volunteer sees the child's potential and works with the child and family to maximize this potential. Anchor is a place full of love and support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is visually impaired and we started going to the anchor center when she was three months old. Over the past two years the teachers and staff have helped my daughter overcome many challenges and continue to help her succeed and use her vision the best she can. The staff at anchor are the most amazing group of people I have ever met. I am forever grateful for the support they offer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started out as a volunteer at the Anchor Center when I first moved to Colorado 2 years ago, then I became a teacher's aide for about a year before going back to school to get my master's in early childhood special education. This place opened my eyes to a whole new world, and I fell in love with everything about it! I have raved about this place to everyone! The staff are amazing, the children surprised me daily, and the school itself is beautiful!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group of dedicated professionals, volunteers, and contributers helping children and their families to establish a strong foundation for their life paths. I love being a small cog in their process and progress.

Renee52

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Daniel started as an infant at the Anchor Center For Blind Children. He continued through pre-school and was an Anchor graduate in 2008. Ancho changed our lives. They taught us more than we ever would have learned on our own. Anchor gave is hope for the future and as I said at my son's graduation, showed us how to see life differently. Our lives would not be the same without Anchor. We truly believe they are a top rate non-profit. Thank you again Anchor, the Tillitz's

Shelly Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a parent of two boy's who graduated from Anchor Center for Blind Children. Anchor Center was our 2nd home for 10 years. When my two boy's were born with Albinism and were visually impaired, my husband and I didn't know who to turn to. We had no experience with blind/visually impaired and were taught a lot by Anchor Center. It was such a wonderful special place for the 10 years that we were there. There will always be a special place in our hearts for everyone at Anchor Center. We love that place and we go back for a visit all the time and we are always welcomed. Thank you Anchor Center for helping us and everyone that enters through the front door!

Stephanie175

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of two girls who graduated from anchor center.Without Anchors love and support I don't know where we would be, my story could go on for days:-) I'm sure you all can relate,but I now have a beautiful daughter who is a freshman,and doing great! And a 22 year old who now herself volunteers at Anchor because she loves it soo much! Thank you to all Anchor staff and volunteers!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The anchor center is such a wonderful special place. My daughter went there for a little over 2 years and the support and therapists made such a difference in our lives. Here is ablog I wrote a while back saying more...http://littleladylucia.blogspot.com/2012/12/behind-these-walls.html?m=1

Joan44

Client Served

Rating: 5

We started attending Anchor Center when my son was 6 mo old. At the time we didn't have a full diagnosis and had no idea what we were dealing with. The Anchor Center provided a welcoming environment that helped our family understand the struggles we were facing & provide important support along our journey. I truly believe we would not be in as good a position as we are today without the Anchor Center. Even though we have moved across the country, I know I can reach out to them at any time for help and advice!

Angela110

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has only had one appointment with the Anchor Center for Blind Children. I was very impressed with them. The therapists were very patient with the fact that my son just wanted to move around and figure out the new place he was in. They were very informative and I can't wait for our next appointment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our 5 year old granddaughter spent three years at Anchor Center and is now in kindergarten and is excelling. The staff at Anchor Center assesses each child's needs on an ongoing basis and are in constant contact with parents to achieve optimum success for the students. Our little gal has had a myriad of health concerns with visual impairment being just one challenge. But, in great part due to her time at this wonderful school, she is confident, independent, vivacious and definitely out to leave her mark on this world. We cannot thank Anchor Center enough for being an integral part of her success now and going forward.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our granddaughter was born with multiple health issues but is now a thriving four year old. The issue which will be with her always is her vision. She is not blind but is visually impaired and has the potential for glaucoma so blindness is always a possibility. Anchor Center has been a godsend for her and for her family. She is a very strong-willed and independent child so she needs to be able to propel herself through life at full speed. She never lets anything stop her if she wants to do something. Anchor Center provides a safe environment for her to explore the ways in which she can become an independent and productive member of society. She loves going to school and is excelling at everything she does. Anchor Center feels like a happy place from the minute you enter. There are children laughing and chattering non-stop. You might even encounter a parade of children with brightly colored scarves and rhythm instruments. Children who are upset are cuddled and protected and are soon laughing again. It is a pleasant and safe environment for everyone.

I have had the privilege of visiting Anchor Center multiple times and have attended some of their field trips. They go out of their way to provide field trips that are indicative of the world these children will live in. Some examples are: ice skating, a behind-the-scenes theatrical tour, pumpkin patch, water park, botanical gardens, museums, and many others. These field trips help the children explore their capabilities and never cater to their disabilities.

The staff at Anchor Center is loving and passionate about their work. They truly care about each family they serve and go to great lengths to cater their services to the needs of the family. They provide speakers and discussion groups for parents and are always willing to discuss what people need for their success. Having a child who is differently abled is not an easy task but the more daunting task is trying to help that child navigate their world and learn to be successful. Anchor Center gives these children a very strong foundation as they move from there to public schools, specialty schools, etc. Our granddaughter has been exposed to techniques which will last her a lifetime as she grows.

This is a very worthy nonprofit and I will be eternally grateful to them.

Noel5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter came to us when she was 14 months old from foster care after being found alone in a hotel room. She was visually impaired but no one knew why. We began attending Anchor Center immediately and it was the beginning of a lovely relationship between our family and Anchor. Anchor provides the very best instructors, therapy, resources and instructional instruments. My daughter became confident, strong and empowered because of the people and programs at Anchor. Just as important, as a parent I became strong and confident because of Anchor. We love Anchor Center and would recommend it to ANYONE!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We arrived with out daughter when she reached about 6 months of age. Expectations were minimal. We had been let down by other organizations before so we tried to keep a realistic outlook. When we arrived, they welcomed us with open arms and gave baby girl an assessment. We were welcomed with love and we began the program shortly there after.
We were a bit skeptical to begin with. The more we attended, the more we learned and the more we felt like we belonged or "fit in". This was all on us as parents. OUR hesitation, OUR nerves, OUR feelings were the cause of our own hesitation. The Anchor center was, and has always, welcomed us. They have also been there to help us in more ways than one.
Our daughter is not "just" visually impaired. She has a cobblestone brain formation, ocular nerve Hypoplasia, Muscular Dystrophy and the list goes on. They never balked or "batted an eye" at our babies "complications". They were and have always been there for us and most importantly, our baby.
Throughout the program, which we are still participating, they have offered assistance in any and every way that they can. Be that assistance for our baby or for us as her parents, they have been there and offered help.
Our baby has progressed so much and I attribute that progress to the help and assistance of the Anchor Center. They have not only taught my daughter or helped her experience her capacity, but they have also taught us/me sooo much. Everything they do, or offer, teach, or educate can be "taken home" with the parent who wants to work with their child or offer their child in terms of love and learning. Everything they teach, we take home and utilize as well as practice with our baby M.
We would not be this far, nor more importantly, would our baby M be where she is right now, without their educational assistance, patience, and love. I could never repay them. They have already done more for me and our baby M than anyone else could do, including me, her parent. Thank you is all I could say or offer, and that is more than they ask in return.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are eternally grateful for all Anchor Center has done for our son and our family. They have loved our child and helped us help him though the most difficult time on our lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

My grand niece has been a student at Anchor Center from the first months of her life. I can't imagine what her (our) family would have done without the wisdom, experience and compassionate care of the staff, doctors, teachers and administration. I had no idea there was such amazing help for the families of blind and especially Waggers children. This is such a great resource for anxious and often clueless parents. And the organization gives great feedback to the donors too.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Anchor Center for 2 years now and passionately believe in their mission and vision. The work that is done to help children with visual impairment is unparalleled.