January Shared Plate Recipient – Blind and Visually Impaired Center

The Blind and Visually Impaired Center, established in 1971 in Pacific Grove, serves to empower those with blindness or low vision to live independently through educational services, client support services and independent skills training. Today the Center has expanded its services to Salinas and South County where there is a growing need for those affected by blindness because of diabetes among other causes.

It is the only low-vision clinic in Monterey County that provides a wide array of services by training the clients through a hands-on approach to live independently. The Center provides eye exams at little or no cost, offering diagnosis on ways to protect their remaining eye health, as well as corrective treatment. A support group, Braille and ceramics classes are provided bi-weekly. Among its staff, the Center employs two receptionists who are legally blind. Currently the BVIC serves almost 400 individuals yearly with over 3,000 client interactions throughout Monterey County. Many members of UUCMP have been served by the BVIC over the years.

Please give generously to this organization.