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Soaring For Vista Center

On August 4, 2015 the Menlo Charity Horse Show (MCHS) kicked off its six-day annual event.  The Horse Show is nationally recognized as one of the top shows in the country and raises funds solely for Vista Center.  This is the 45th Anniversary for the show which started as a one-day event and has grown to become the USHJA World Champion Hunter Rider Competition and a staunch supporter of Vista Center for the past two decades.
Book Cover, Illustration of a young horse happily running

This year, a children’s illustrated book, “Lucy Learns to Fly” was featured at the MCHS merchandise table throughout the event.  Written specifically for Vista Center, it’s a true story about a visually impaired filly that learns how to walk, run, and jump.  Limited copies of this wonderful book are available and all proceeds from the book sales will go directly to Vista Center.

To purchase a copy of "Lucy Learns to Fly" please call 650-858-0202.

For more information about next year's Menlo Charity Horse Show, August 2 - 7, 2016, please visit



O&M instruction at Caltrain StationAt Vista Center, we advance our mission of empowering individuals who are blind or visually impaired to embrace life to the fullest by serving individuals of all ages, living in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, who are threatened by loss of independence due to moderate or severe vision impairment.


Our highly professional and caring staff provides a comprehensive array of individualized rehabilitation services in the client’s own environment, or in one of our two warmly inviting centers, to an ever-increasing number of people who could benefit from them.


"Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a crucial organization that affords individuals the opportunity to live an independent life.
Having grown up with two blind parents I have first hand knowledge of the life changing support Vista Center provides in assisting individuals suddenly faced with blindness."
Jim Plunkett, former Vista Center board member


Vista Center at 3200 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Vista Center Palo Alto New Building

Staff and volunteers are settling into the beautiful new Vista Center space at 3200 Hillview Drive, in Palo Alto (at the corner of Hillview Avenue and Porter Drive). 

We are open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, (Store hours 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) with all of the services previously offered at our former site on El Camino Real.

Information and Directions

2015 Office Closure Dates

Bus Schedules

A Tribute to Steve Nakagawa

Vista Center Client Interviewed on the Today Show

Profiles of Excellence, KGO-TV, Vista Center

Vista Center Client Stories for Vintage Affaire

What Our Clients Say About Us (Youtube)

Featured Client Story: Group photo:  Client takes white canes donated by Vista Center to Kenya

Client takes canes donated by Vista Center to Africa



Fact sheet (PDF)

Fundraising Events