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Ride With Amy Liu

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Jessica!

Woman faces camera smiling in blue shades and purple jacket.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? 2017 will be my first Cycle for Sight.

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? I would like to ride in the beautiful Napa Valley and most importantly raise money for people who can benefit from the camp experiences at Enchanted Hills Camp.

What’s your best cycling memory? After riding miles on a tandem as a young college or high school student, my body was sore for many days because I was so out of shape.

What’s your favorite quote? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  – Philippians 4:13 KJV

Partner up with Amy:

If you would like to ride with Amy, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Amy’s Ride

You can support her ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride With Kit Lau

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

A woman dressed in white with a orange helmet stands with her bike steadied in front of her.

Kit is riding with Nancy!

When was your first Cycle for Sight?  My first time riding a tandem in Cycle for Sight  was in 1995. This will be my first ride in 21 years.

What’s your best cycling memory? My best Cycle for Sight member was 21 years ago.  We were doing 50 miles. It was a big challenge going up that big hill! A big  shower came in the middle of our ride and we went to a winery  for shelter. They treated us with great food and good wine.

What’s your favorite quote?   “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”  -Carol Burnett

Donate to Kit’s Ride

You can support her ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride With Marc Sutton

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with James!

A tandem team, piloted by a woman and stoked by a man blaze up an asphalt hill with trees in the background.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? This is my first Cycle for Sight. 


Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight?
 I love being out on a tandem exploring the countryside. I’m looking forward to meeting other riders and celebrating on the 22nd. 

What’s your best cycling memory? My best cycling memory is hard to come up with because there are so many. Most involve riding along the coast on stretches with no cars. Or flying down a long stretch of road in the early hours of morning.

Donate to Marc’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride With Serena Olsen

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Sterling!

Two women stand behind their tandem bike, shaded under a tree in a parking lot.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? 2010, I was a brand new transplant to the Bay Area and looking for new adventures of any kind.

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? Who doesn’t love a tour through the warm, fresh air of spring in wine country, followed by outdoor wine tasting?  Sounds like another perfect day in California to me.

What’s your best cycling memory? The loaner tandem my captain and I used in 2010.  The chain fell off as we left the starting gate.  It was rusty and in disrepair, we dubbed it Chitty-Chitty-Bike-Bike.  And then I realized we were riding 25 miles, not 25 kilometers.  We made it to the finish line and a good time was had by all.

What’s your favorite quote? “We are all born to be the hero of our own stories.” – Deepak Chopra

Donate to Serena:

You can support her ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride with Jade Bojkovic

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

Young woman stands to the left of her tandem partner behind a bright red bike on a bike road.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? I’ve been involved in cycle for sight since 2013. Last year was my first year doing the tandem ride and Sergio, who pretty much taught me the ropes even though I was the sighted one!

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? love riding in Cycle for Sight because of the people and Tony makes every single person feel included and involved.    I also love the combination of veterans riding for Rotary Club and it ends at a social wine event where you can talk with everyone.

What’s your best cycling memory? My favorite memory is how everyone roots for you during the tandem ride.  Everyone from the other riders to the LightHouse tandem gang, to the volunteers and pedestrians.  Not to mention the gorgeous Napa backdrop.
What’s your favorite quote? 

If you aren’t part of the solution, then you are part of the precipitate.

Partner up with Jade:

If you would like to ride with Jade, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Jade’s Ride

You can support her ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride with Frank Welte

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Robert!

In a aple green shirt, Frank smiles in front of a grey background.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? 2017 will be my first Cycle For Sight.

What do you love most about riding for Cycle for Sight? I’m looking forward to helping the LightHouse, getting outdoors, and making new friends.

What’s your best cycling memory? Probably cruising down a not-too-steep hill on the back of a tandem.

What’s your favorite quote? “I was put on this earth to accomplish certain things. I am so far behind now that I will never die.”

Partner up with Frank:

If you would like to ride with  Frank, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Frank’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride with Sam Offenberg

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Will Butler!

Sam pedals by dressed in a flannel. He is accompanied by a dog in his bike's basket.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? My first Cycle for Sight is on April 22nd, 2017 and I am currently at stoke level 11 (on a 10 point scale).

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? I want to support more people having access to two things that I love: cycling and the great outdoors.  I have little tandem experience and thought this would be a great reason to take on a new challenge with fun people to share it with.  I also enjoy music, wine, and food, and I am told that I will find all three at the end of the ride.

What’s your best cycling memory? It was a great day when a childhood friend showed me how to stick baseball cards in my bike spokes, which makes a bike sound like a cartoon motorcycle when the wheels turn.  We terrorized the neighborhood on our “Harleys” for several days following the discovery.

What’s your favorite quote? “When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson 

Donate to Sam’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

March’s Employment Immersion Workshop Emphasizes Building Confidence for Job Readiness

“We don’t care if you’re young, old, totally blind, low vision, have a college degree or no college degree,” says Employment Program Manager Kate Williams. “It doesn’t matter as long as you have a real desire to go to work. We furnish our Employment Immersion students with the tools to make sure that happens, by building their confidence and giving them the techniques to conduct a successful job search.”

Everyone in the blindness community knows the statistics: At least 60 — possibly even as many as 70 percent — of legally blind people remain unemployed. That’s why back in 2011 we established a program to give blind job seekers the practical skills they need to get the jobs they want.

Since then, our Employment Immersion program alumni have reached more than $2.8m in annual salaries and achieved an exemplary 43% placement average for alumni, which far exceeds the national average in job placement of people who are blind or visually impaired (the statewide average is 14%). Our programming is constantly evolving to meet changes in technology and the job market.

On March 13, we’ll kick off our all new Employment Immersion Job Preparation Workshop at the LightHouse headquarters, which runs until April 7 and meets every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshop’s robust and proven curriculum emphasizes confidence building to ensure job readiness — and features our tried and true lineup of classes that walk students through every step of the job application process.

In the blindness community, we know that one size does not fit all, and this is reflected in the curriculum of this four-week workshop. With a combination of short lectures, interactive activities, expert speakers and candid, honest discussions, each blind or low vision student has an opportunity to explore their interests, aptitudes, and think outside the box about which part of the job market holds the highest promise for their talents and ambitions.

Step-by-step training includes:

  • Using personality indicators like Meyers Briggs and Gallup StrengthFinder to identify core strengths as a springboard to build a career
  • Resume and cover letter building
  • Job search techniques, networking and the hidden job market
  • The application process
  • Blindness disclosure and requesting accommodations
  • Interview preparation including self presentation and body language
  • Free professional and online portrait photographs courtesy of LightHouse for the Blind
  • How to approach an interview and role playing
  • Job retention

Williams, who is a Purpose Prize Winner and nationally recognized job coach by the Wall Street Journal, is the driving force behind these achievements. She knows what it takes to get blind jobseekers into positions that suit them and keep them there — and the payoff doesn’t end on payday.

“We spend a great deal of time on encouraging our attendees to connect,” says Williams. “My motto is ‘People hire people.’ We help students make connections during the job search and interview process that are genuine and show their own authenticity. We’re fostering relationship building — which is a lifelong skill.”

With an increase in referrals as LightHouse steps in as the key provider of services in the East Bay, our Employment Immersion Program is growing and evolving to meet higher standards and increasing volume of blind jobseekers. We’re proud to bring on our new dedicated trainer Angela Denise Davis, who will add new levels of depth and expertise to our classes. This year alone we saw our alumni land jobs in major tech startups, media companies, athletic brands and more. The sky’s the limit, once the skills are there.

Keep chipping away at those employment statistics and sign up for the Employment Job Preparation Workshop this spring. The workshop is open to people who are blind or have low vision, from any background, seeking any job. To sign up, contact Employment Immersion Program Manager Kate Williams at kwilliams@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7324, or Employment Immersion Trainer Angela Davis at adavis@lighthouse-sf.org.