January 18, 2017

WBRC Gets Enchanted


A group of WBRC Veterans had the pleasure of attending the Enchanted Hills Retreat and Camp this past November.   This was the first time the WBRC attended this destination located in Napa, CA.  This visit was specifically designed for our blind and visually impaired Veterans in the Bay area.  It offered them an opportunity to exchange resources, form a comradery with each other and enjoy several recreational activities.   Activities included but weren’t limited to archery, swimming, campfires, learning about the outdoors, and partaking in delicious meals.  WBRC Veterans attended a presentation by UC Berkeley archaeological anthropology students and a session on Bird Watching as well.  It was a delightful trip for both WBRC Veterans and Staff.

January 12, 2017

WBRC and Outpatient Services Celebrate Winter Holiday Season

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, the WBRC Veterans and Staff spent a day celebrating the winter holiday season. The day began with a variety of craft tables in the dining room, along with a tree to decorate. Veterans and staff alike took part in these activities, while hot cocoa and cider were served. A catered lunch was provided, followed by the WBRC tradition of singing the “Twelve Days of Christmas.” A group of carolers continued spreading cheer around the campus with ukuleles, guitars, and of course, jingle bells. The day concluded with dessert and a piano recital.
On the following day, the Visual Impairment Service Team hosted their annual holiday party at the WBRC. Attendees included local Veterans who are blind and visually impaired from the community, many of whom were former students at the center.
The WBRC Winter Celebration and VIST Holiday Party were successful and fun for Veterans and staff.
Veterans and staff create holiday crafts

January 4, 2017

A look back on 2016

Photo: '2017' written in colored sparklers
WBRC would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2017.

There were several big events for WBRC in 2016 including the success of the Matter of Balance Program, the WBRC's participation at outreach events, the 12th Annual White Cane Awareness Walk, two staff for being peer reviewers on an APH publication, and the progression of B500 Construction.  As we prepare for 2017, lets take a look back at 2016 via links to some of our favorite WBRC Blog posts as well as the WBRC demographics and outcome measurements for 2016:




White Cane Awareness Walk participants 2016 
WBRC Completes 12th Annual White Cane Awareness Walk



Image: Matter of Balance Logo

WBRC Outreach: San Francisco VA VIST Team Meeting



Photo: Stock photograph of Zucchini displayed in a burlap bag
WBRC Students Attend Healthy Teaching Kitchen Demo



Photo: B-500 as seen from front walkway area.
August Construction Update



Image: APH Information about a new web based publication
for Orientation and Mobility Specialists
WBRC Staff Peer Review APH Publication


Please click on the below link for WBRC Demographics and Outcome Measurements for 2016:
http://www.paloalto.va.gov/services/wbrc/outcome.asp