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Vista Center Moves Into New Location in Heart of Silicon Valley

(Palo Alto, CA) – The newly constructed mixed-use development near the corner of California Avenue and El Camino Real is the new home to Vista Center, a nonprofit dedicated to serving the visually impaired whose services are utilized by hundreds of local residents. 

The 6,500 square foot space was custom designed to fit the center’s programs. The new space, which boasts a larger store area, an indoor courtyard and a large conference and training room, will help the center’s 31 employees - many of whom are visually impaired themselves - serve clients that would otherwise not have access to these services.

“This is a dream come true.  With the increasing rents and high demand, we didn’t know if we would be able to stay in this community,” said Pam Brandin, executive director of Vista Center.  “We are so grateful to Stanford and Related California for making this location available to us so we can continue to provide critical services for our clients.  It is really miraculous!”

 “We’re very pleased that in addition to providing 70 units of affordable housing for the community, Mayfield Place will be home to Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired,” said Tiffany Griego, managing director of asset management for Stanford University, which owns and manages the Stanford Research Park where the project is located. “Vista Center is one of Palo Alto’s oldest nonprofit organizations and provides essential services for people in our community. It is the perfect anchor tenant for this building, and we are delighted that the completion of Mayfield Place allows it to continue to be headquartered in Palo Alto.”

Vista Center is the only provider in its four county service area with a full range of specialized rehabilitation services for blind and visually impaired adults and children.  The El Camino Real location provides proximity to public transportation and local resources, ensuring that the services will be accessible to everyone.

Vista Center is planning an Open House for community residents this summer.


Vista Center welcomes press inquiries from reporters covering health and aging issues, services for the blind and visually impaired, adaptive technology for the disabled, and related issues. Please contact Executive Director Pam Brandin at 650-858-0202, Ext. 119,, or Alice Turner at 650-858-0202, Ext. 130 or, for story inquiries.


Vista Center Clients in the News

Vista Center's Youth Program in SC Sentinel:

Nick Helms, a junior at Pioneer High School and a Vista Center student client, was recently featured in a front page article in the Almaden Times.  Nick is studying radio broadcasting and serves as co-host of "Nick and Matt at Midday" on the high school station, KMTG.   Way to go, Nick! 

Nick Helms article, Almaden Times

Nick also appears in a feature documentary, “Do you Dream in Color?” that follows the lives and dreams of blind teenagers while exploring social issues important to the blind community.

Vista Center Video

The Vista Center video below provides an overview of the Center’s many programs and services.

To view a two minute condensed version please visit our Testimonials page.


"We Encourage Hope"

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Recent Press Releases

Wish Book, San Jose Mercury News

Vista Center Photo Gallery on Flickr