On October 12, we broke ground on our new Anaheim campus, which has been designed to meet the unique needs of individuals experiencing sight loss. City and county representatives, including Mayor Tom Tait, and City Council Members Denise Barnes and Stephen Faessel, joined in celebrating this milestone.
City officials approved plans to rebuild at the same location of our property in southwest Anaheim. Our original campus was a collection of aging residential homes acquired in the early 1970s, when we served just a few dozen children and adults at this location. In addition to updating critical structural issues, our new 14,735-square-foot building will feature a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center integrating modern technologies with the specialized hands-on training our students need to thrive.
Our grand opening is scheduled just in time to celebrate Braille Institute’s 100th year of service in early 2019. Braille Institute, founded in 1919, has served Orange County directly since 1934. With more than 7,500 children, adults and seniors from Orange County and surrounding areas seeking our help each year, we continue to be of service during construction. We have temporarily relocated directly across North Dale Street to the Anaheim Christian Reform Church.
Our new center is made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Henry L. Guenther Foundation and the Don and Lorraine Freeberg Foundation, with additional support from foundation, corporate and individual donors from across the Southland.