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Would You Like to Know More about LightHouse Services or Take a Tour of the New LightHouse? Talk to Esmeralda Soto, our new Information Concierge.

Would You Like to Know More about LightHouse Services or Take a Tour of the New LightHouse? Talk to Esmeralda Soto, our new Information Concierge.

The LightHouse has established a new helpful point of contact when you first enter the organization. Our new Information Concierge, Esmeralda Soto, who has worked for the LightHouse for over two years, will now be available to take your questions in person or over the phone Monday through Friday.

Esmeralda is blind herself and knows about the many programs and services at the LightHouse not generally known to the community. If you have questions about LightHouse services or general questions about blindness, give Esmeralda a call. She may be able to talk with you right then and there, or she will schedule an appointment with you for a later phone or in-person conversation.

Information Concierge Hours
Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Call Esmeralda at 415-694-7323 or email your questions to info@lighthouse-sf.org.

Tour the new LightHouse offices
We’d love to show you our headquarters offices.

Designed with the abilities of blind and low vision people in mind, the new headquarters shows the latest subtle thinking about how to create a warm, welcoming and knowable space, easy to navigate and fun to work inside. The new offices feature a dedicated accessible fitness room, a blindness skills training kitchen, a blind technology demo lab and a volunteer center, all just 15 steps from a BART and MUNI station.

We have tours available without an appointment every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. (Please sign-in by 9:45.) Or schedule an appointment with Esmeralda Soto at 415-694-7323.

New Session Announcement: LightHouse Youth Employment Series

In January, the LightHouse Youth Program launched the latest program for low vision and blind transition aged students. The informative new series of monthly workshops will provide low vision and blind transition-aged youth with vital skills and practices that will help them become more successful in higher education and their chosen career path.

Through a variety of speakers and collaborative activities led by successful blind or low vision professionals, students will gain invaluable wisdom that can help them grow and shape themselves into competent blind adults.

Our February 20 session, “Accommodations,” is now open for enrollment. To enroll, email lmartinez@lighthouse-sf.org or call 415-694-7350.

Topics that will be discussed during these workshops include but are not limited to:

  • Effectively navigate through any system to ensure you receive necessary accommodations.
  • Learn about accommodations available to college students and those entering the workforce.
  • Acquire access technology skills which can be applied to real world situations, and test how effective these technologies might be for yourself.
  • Acquire and use blindness skills that will enrich your life and help you achieve your goals, be more confident and learn how to advocate for your needs.
  • How to smoothly transition into college from high school or from college to a career.
  • Develop Effective cover letters and resumes.
  • Practice networking, participate in mock interviews, and understand how to make a strong and positive first impression.
  • Learn how to develop, enhance and utilize your network and your relationship with peers and mentors.
  • And learn much more!


Who is eligible?

Low Vision and Blind youth and transition-aged students

What is the LightHouse Youth Employment Series?

A series of day long workshops designed to help low vision or blind transition aged students to be prepared to become successfully employed.

When and where will the workshops be held?

9:00 am until 4:00 pm on the following Saturdays: February 20, March 26, April 30 and May 21. These workshops will be held at the LightHouse headquarters.

Is there a cost?

The cost to attend one of the LightHouse Youth Employment Series workshops is $150 per student. In addition to the day’s activities and curriculum, students will receive a light breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. DOR authorizations or alternate payment source must be secured before students will be eligible to participate.


February’s event:


Saturday, February 20

What is an accommodation? Is the accommodation you are asking for reasonable? Want to learn more about how successful low vision and blind professionals get the necessary accommodations they need to get the job done? During this February’s workshop students will learn about how successful and independent low vision and blind individuals get the necessary accommodations to be successful in college, there career and in life. Students will also learn what might be the best accommodations for their needs whether it is a high tech or low tech solution by participating in hands on demonstrations by professionals that use the accommodations regularly.


Save the Date

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Our March workshop, College Connections, will focus on information and resources that will help high school and college students be more successful in higher education. Students that participate in this workshop will walk away with valuable wisdom from current students and recent graduates about how best to navigate the college system.

For more information on LightHouse YES

Cooking 101 Gets Blind and Low Vision Youth in the Kitchen

LightHouse staffer Molly Irish teaches sushi making to Cooking 101 studentsThe Cooking 101 series with the LightHouse Youth Program is back again with new classes for Fall 2015.

Due to popular demand, the Cooking 101 series with the LightHouse Youth Program is back with new classes for fall of 2015.

Whether you are interested in cooking tasty treats, simple side dishes and snacks, or festive full course meals, this class is intended for blind and low vision youth aspiring to be more competent and confident in the kitchen. In addition to skills training, participants will also learn the ABCs of kitchen safety and sanitation.

Upon completion of the course, students will have the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to independently prepare and cook just about any meal their taste buds desire.

Who: Blind and Low Vision Youth
What: Learn to cook tasty treats for yourself, your friends and your family
When:  From 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month
Where:  LightHouse San Francisco Headquarters @ 214 Van Ness Avenue
Waiver: Each participant must submit a LightHouse Youth Program waiver form if they have not done so for a previous outing or event.
Cost: FREE for low vision and blind youth

If you would like more information about Cooking 101 or to RSVP, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator, at (415) 694-7372, or by email at jgump@lighthouse-sf.org.

Classes will be limited to 8 participants and all participants must RSVP.

Note: It is essential to notify Youth Services Coordinator Jamey Gump of any food allergies prior to any class.

Class Schedule
September 12: Shepherd’s Pie
October 10: Everything Pumpkin
November 14: Chicken Stir-fry
December 12: Gingerbread House Making