By Marianna Reilly
December 22, 2011 — The Catholic Guild for the Blind, a program of Catholic Charities Community Services, held its Christmas party today in our offices at the New York Catholic Center, filled with music from program participants.
The Guild for the Blind has a lot to celebrate. In 2011, the program began providing services in Dutchess County, in addition to their Manhattan and Yonkers locations. Services in Dutchess County, which are based in Poughkeepsie, emphasize orientation and mobility and are being funded by a three-year grant from Lavelle Fund for the Blind.
This growth will allow the Guild for the Blind to provide even more services for those who are blind or visually impaired, multiply disabled, employed individuals requiring “on-the-job” training or workplace management, and for veterans.
The full range of rehabilitation training services provided by Guild for the Blind include communications skills, household skills, personal management, orientation and mobility, vocational training, job development, pre-vocational skills for young adults, social services, and academic services.