Outside of San Leandro Sirkin Center

Sirkin Center

Named in honor of Donald Sirkin, an extremely successful businessman in the contractor insurance and bonding industry and the Lighthouse’s most important donor, the Sirkin Center is a budding entrepreneurial heart of a growing set of social ventures and light manufacturing run by the LightHouse for the Blind.  Located in San Leandro, California, the Sirkin Center also houses the LightHouse’s industrial employment program.

Giant paper rolls at LightHouse Industries in San LeandroAcquired in 2012 and newly renovated in 2016, the Sirkin Center provides employment opportunities at competitive wages for people who are blind and visually impaired. Real time, on-the-job training has been a longstanding opportunity at the LightHouse.  From the 1920’s to the 40’s, Lighthouse operated Blindcraft, where blind employees crafted baskets, brooms and wicker furniture. That tradition continued and was updated into the 1990s, when federal manufacturing contracts for the blind allowed us to modernize production which continues to this day.

Today, the Sirkin Center provides employment and can help employees get experience to advance their careers in customer service, shipping and receiving, inventory management and light manufacturing. Currently, the Sirkin Center has a light-manufacturing plant making the tissue packets which are included in MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) utilized by soldiers and fire fighters in the field. We also sell commercial-size sanitary paper rolls for use at camps, schools and other facilities, and a line of chemical cleaning products.

70% or more of the labor is provided by staff members who are blind or have low vision.

If you are interested in renting space or employment opportunities and products of the Sirkin Center, located at 14690 Washington Avenue in San Leandro, please contact jsachs@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7333.