January 2015
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Executive Director's Update

We are ringing in the New Year with thanks for community support received in 2014 that helped our consumers in so many ways.

Special shout-outs go to our many supporters including:

  • Cathedral of Faith for providing a bag of groceries weekly to every hungry participant
  • Rebuilding Together Peninsula and SummerHill Homes for renovating our 6 unit apartment building in Sunnyvale and brightening the homes of many participants
  • Endue Foundation and Mission City Community Fund for supporting costs to relocate the Day Program to a beautiful new and expanded space with dedicated activity rooms for music, art, crafts, computer skills, respite, cooking and more
  • The Board of Directors and many other volunteers who generously contribute time and expertise every day
  • Elected officials including Sam Liccardo, Mark Stone, Xavier Campos, Jim Beall, Anna Eshoo, Paul Fong, Jerry Hill and others who represent us and actively advocate for the independence and dignity of people with disabilities
  • Friends at the San Andreas Regional Center who give their heart and soul to plan, coordinate and fund essential services for individuals with disabilities
  • Our participants, who bring us much joy, affection and appreciation
Financial support from the following donors helps make it all possible:
Patrons $1,000 or more
  • Endue Foundation
  • Mission City Community Fund
  • Aka Chan LLP
  • Craig and Linda King
  • Larry Seiders
  • Kathleen Sheehy
  • Philip and Cynthia Bullock
 Friends and Helpers $50 to $999
  • Thomas Biagini
  • Robert Pagano
  • Kevin Moore
  • Thomas Servino
  • Mercedes Salem
  • Mary Kay Redmond
  • Marvin Bamberg
  • Rona Layton
  • Stan Karp
  • Virginia Basulto
  • Zaven Khachadourian
  • Mojgan Anvari
  • Marie Flynn
  • Katherine Mattingly
  • Rosario Newall
  • Linda Nauman
  • Gail Webber
  • Tracey Lee Davis
  • Erin Garcia
  • Karen Guldan
  • Carlene Schmidt
  • Marion Ball
  • Sky and Ofelia Anderson
  • Pete and Lorraine Strassman
  • Hilda Rodeback

Thank you,

Craig King,
Executive Director
Greater Opportunities

San Andreas Regional Center Announces Community Meetings Regarding Service Disparity Data 

Marked differences noted in services received by ethnic and language groups
Meeting scheduled at Greater Opportunities Adult Development and Activity Center, 687 N King Rd., San Jose
Wednesday January 21, 2015 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

What Greater Opportunities Means to Our Consumers


Ernie Strassman

“The people are wonderful. I feel very blessed to come to a place where it feels like family. I can openly discuss things with people, and don’t have to keep it inside if I need to talk.”

Read more about Ernie and his joyful experiences with Greater Opportunities!

Check out these great events happening in our community

Introduction for Parents to a Friend-Making Event for Developmentally Disabled Adults
  • Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM at Parents Helping Parents in San Jose
UCSF Autism Symposium
  • Wednesday, January 21 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM at Byers Auditorium in San Francisco
IHSS (In Home Supportive Services) Overview and Protective Supervision
  • Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 PM at Parents Helping Parents in San Jose

The State Of the City Event

Greater Opportunities is excited to be participating in the 2015 San Jose State of the City Event! The event will be held on March 14 at 10 am at Independence High School, less than a mile away from our new Day Program facility! The event is open to the public and will include a resource fair with information about city services and city employment. We will have a booth at the resource fair, and we would love for you to stop by and say hello!


Support the Developmental Disabilities Community

The developmental disabilities community needs help now. During the past ten years this system has endured over 50 cost cutting changes to the Lanterman Act, elimination of services, and reductions to a rate system that was already frozen. This major divestment from a once robust and comprehensive community system of coordinated care, supports, and services has resulted in a fragile system that has begun the collapse many have warned about for years.

Read more and sign the petition here!
People with developmental disabilities – and the programs that serve them – are struggling to survive in Silicon Valley. Generous support from donors like you is critical to meeting the needs of our consumers.
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