East Bay Center for the Blind


Spring 2019
Newsletter of
The East Bay Center for the Blind, Inc.
2928 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703

Editors:  Dorothy Donaville and Jan Santos.

First of all, we wish all of you a Happy New year, and we are proud to bring you the latest EBCB news.

We ended 2018 with our December annual holiday party and raffle which was a great success. We shared friendship and good food. Our net profit was $2,592. Thanks to all of our members, family and friends who participated selling and purchasing tickets to make this possible; we couldn’t have done it without you.

The Grand Prize Winner of $200.00 was member Grace Rodriguez. The First Prize Winner of $150.00 was member Marie Vuong.  The Second Prize of $50.00 was won by member Sharon Knox.  The Third Prize Winner of $50.00 was non-member Kimberly Donaville.

We acknowledge and express our appreciation to those who generously made donations for our cash and door prizes:  Trader Joe's (University Ave., Berkeley), Leah Gardner, Frank McNulty, Ray Marcus, and Veronica Ruby. Thanks again for helping to make our holiday party successful!

Sadly, in 2018 we had to say goodbye to some of our dear dedicated members: our past President Anita March, Louise Anderson, Craig Sheridan-Krongard, and Ted Marshall.  They will be dearly missed. May they rest in peace.

In retrospect, looking back over the past year, in 2018, we are grateful to have received grants that allowed us to purchase new computers thereby expanding our computer lab. We are appreciative for those who have generously supported and made donations towards the continuing growth of our center.

Well wishes to our members recovering from surgery and illness: David Green, Sabe Hundenski, David Milne, and Peter Crockwell. Keep them all in your thoughts and prayers.

What's New

Remote JAWS Training Available

If you are unable to make it into the center in person to work with trainer Fran Franks for JAWS training on your PC, she is able to work with you on the phone, and if needed, through a remote internet connection. This would be by appointment only, and on the days she is at the center.

The remote internet connection is through the use of a JAWS feature called JAWS Tandem, which is built into JAWS itself, so no additional software is needed. This is accomplished over the phone as Fran will give you some keystrokes to perform, and then type in a one-time access code. This connection is good only for one session, and cannot be re-established after being terminated unless you decide to request another session. Some training sessions can be done with just talking on the phone without remoting in. If you are interested or just have questions, call the center to get in touch with Fran.

Transportation Justice Project Grant

The East Bay Center for the Blind has received a grant from the San Francisco Foundation which requires EBCB to build a coalition during 2019 and 2020 to call on transportation agencies throughout the Bay Area to create and implement a comprehensive multimodal transportation service. Without freedom of movement, the resulting isolation, missed appointments and lost jobs greatly impacts seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income members of the community who lack alternative means of transportation. The goal of this two-year grant is to demand both advance reservations and same-day services.

We plan to ask some of our members to document all of their paratransit rides for several weeks to determine how effectively East Bay Paratransit meets the needs of the target group and identify problems. We hope our members will cooperate in this effort and work with us to suggest ways in which transportation for seniors and people with disabilities can and should be improved.

Please contact Daveed Mandell or Patty Nash for more details and to sign up for documenting paratransit rides.

New Class at EBCB:  Sexual Health
Instructor: Laura Miller

A 10-part sexual health class and community discussion group specifically for people who are blind or visually impaired. Laura will provide two sexual health classes a month over a 5-month period, followed by community discussion groups. The curriculum she uses was developed by Health Connected, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. While created for youth and young adults, the course holds useful and relevant information that is applicable to everyone regardless of age.

Start date to be announced. More information is available upon request by calling the center.

EBCB Beautification

Thanks to Marie Jenkins, Albany High student volunteer Becky Xin, Celeste Myers, and Jenna Rubin. Marie initiated this project without hesitation and she has been working with others seemingly effortlessly without complaint.

Attention! — Book Club Selections

January:  Forbidden  by Beverly Jenkins.
February:  Take Me Home  by Dorothy Garlock.
March:  All She Ever Wanted  by Lynn Austin.

Moving Forward

As we go forth in 2019, we expect greater accomplishments. Our goal is to seek more grants for better transportation services, renovating and upgrading the center’s computer lab for a more suitable teaching/learning environment, and possible workshops to attract younger adults. Even more importantly, we should put renewed emphasis into recruiting new members.

Equally important, your Center needs you! We need your contributions to our bulletin, and we want to know your interests so you can participate as you like and make your center the place you want it to be. Help with our newsletter could range from an announcement, to a recipe, to an article, poem or other writing of your choosing. Of course if you’d like to help with the bulletin creation, that too is most welcome.

Upcoming Events

Saturday January 26 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 PM:
Quarterly Business Meeting.

Lunch will be pizza, salad and dessert, and costs $10.

You must RSVP by Wednesday, January 23.

Come to this meeting to vote in the election of Officers and Board of Directors for 2019. Please note, membership dues of $20.00 for 2019 must be paid prior to the election in order to cast your vote.

The following positions are up for re-election:  President, Second Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, and two Directors.

The Nominating Committee offers the following slate:  President, Dorothy Donaville; Second Vice President, Ray Marcus; Corresponding Secretary, Connie Skeen; and two Directors, Claude Everett and Josie McDoal.

In addition to the slate presented by the nominating committee, nominations will be taken from the floor. Consider names you'd like to propose, (or if you're interested in running yourself). When nominating someone, be sure to check with that person ahead of the January business meeting so they can be prepared.

Special Events

Saturday February 2, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 PM:
Pre-Valentine Social Gathering and Jewelry Sale!
Light refreshments will be served. $6.00 door charge, plus cost of any jewelry you purchase. RSVP by Wednesday January 30.

The VOLUNTEER AWARD recognition event, originally scheduled for February 23, has been postponed until a later date.  We will keep you posted when a date has been chosen for re-scheduling.

Saturday March 23, 12:00 to 4:00 PM:
Movie Day.  Hotdogs, chips and popcorn will be served. Cost: $10.00. Reserve by Wednesday March 20. (Audio-described movie, title to be announced. Recommendations are welcome!)

Ongoing Events and Classes

Weekly classes

Tuesday: Ceramics, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Instructor: Kathleen Rowe.

Tuesday: Exercise and Movement class, 2:00 to 3:30 PM.
Instructor: Kathleen Davis.

Thursday: Memory Support Group, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Instructor: Carol Kehoe

Friday: Music Appreciation, 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
Instructor: Diana Perry.

Other Classes and Events

First Thursday of each month:
Bingo, 1:00 to 3:00 PM.
Cover charge: $2.00.

First Friday of every month:
Book Club, 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Facilitators: Patty Nash and Dorothy Donaville.

Second and fourth Fridays:
Vision Loss Peer Support group, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Facilitators: Carrie Carter and Patty Overland.

Third Friday:
Writing Club, 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Facilitators: Dorothy Donaville and Patty Nash.

Technology Training:
Adaptive computer with JAWS, Zoom Text with JAWS (Fusion), iPhone, and Braille instruction. (Also refer to "What’s New" above for instruction via the phone.) All available by advance appointment at 510-843-6935.  For Computer and iPhone, ask for Fran Franks.  For Fusion, ask for Mike Gorman.  For Braille and Victor Stream, ask for Patricia Nash.


The East Bay Center for the Blind is a Private Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization. Any tax-exempt donations are always needed. Please remember us, and encourage donations from others to ensure the continuation of EBCB.

Mission Statement

Founded in 1939, The East Bay Center for the Blind, Inc. is a small, innovative, grassroots nonprofit membership organization that seeks to empower blind and visually impaired individuals underserved by traditional agencies. We strive to actively facilitate and foster independence, confidence, dignity and self-growth.

The East Bay Center for the Blind is open
Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

We are located at 2928 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703.

Phone: 510 843-6935.

Email us at: eastbaycenterfortheblind@gmail.com.

Please visit our website at:  www.eastbaycenterfortheblind.org

Facebook:  facebook.com/eastbaycenterfortheblind