Newly Appointed DOR Director Joe Xavier to Appear at Providers Weekend 2014

Always Free to First-Timers!

The Bay Area’s warmest and most-connected gathering of teachers, tech trainers, O&Mers, TVIs, employment professionals, program managers and others in the blindness field will soon gather in the LightHouse’s signature event, Provider’s Weekend. The enlarged and far-ranging  get-together is set for May 16 to 18 at Enchanted Hills Retreat in Napa. For nearly 20 years the LightHouse has hosted this special event as the one place in the Bay Area where blindness professionals  can meet and network throughout a long weekend.

Joe Xavier to Appear
Among the guest participants will be Joe Xavier, newly-appointed Director of the California Department of Rehabilitation. Joe will lead a discussion entitled “What the Blindness Field Isn’t Talking About”.

When: May 16 to 18, 2014
Where: Enchanted Hills Retreat, 3410 Mt. Veeder Road, Napa
Cost: $100.00 (free for first-time participants)

May is the perfect month to swim in our heated pool, meet others in the warm evening around the campfire, and wrestle with bigger questions that take a bit more time than available around the office water cooler. You’ll meet brand-new and experienced service providers working in the field of blindness from all over northern California. We’ll offer both structured workshops and presentations as well  as open-ended time for connection and community building. You may build a network you might not otherwise have. You might even find your next job.

Attendees will have the opportunity to stay in a lakeside cabin, the lodge or one of our fully accessible cabins next to the dining hall. The cost for the weekend, including all meals, is $100.00. And new for this year is a special incentive for first-time  participants – have the weekend on us. The free retreat is the least we can do to honor those who are helping shape the blindness field across northern California.

In addition to discussing philosophies, trends and issues we face in providing services for people with visual impairments, you can enjoy the heated swimming pool, a lake for boating, trails for hiking and savory meals provided by a wonderful kitchen staff. You’ll learn from your peers, relax in a natural setting, see our new Redwood Grove theater, maybe even play some music together. And it’s not unheard of to find a drop or two of Napa wine from the neighborhood, too.

So mark your calendars now and reserve space before it’s gone. We already have several dozen reservations in unprecedentedly-early and we expect with the flood of new faces that we’ll fill all available cabins well before May.

For information and reservations contact Tony Fletcher at 415-694-7319 or

Joe Xavier speaks to attendee at the 2011 LightHouse Employment Summit

One thought on “Newly Appointed DOR Director Joe Xavier to Appear at Providers Weekend 2014”

  1. I’m a first time attendee, very excited to attend! My co-worker, Jill Tardif, sent in an email in the fall requesting that our names be put on the list but I wanted to make double-sure that we are in.
    Thank you!

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