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From the CEO

Concern, resilience, fortitude, and sympathy

These are what we are seeing demonstrated at the Earle Baum Center during this disastrous fire.

Thank you to all who have called or sent emails to check on our safety. We have reopened to continue training and activities for people with sight loss. And we are here as a resource to help other organizations serve people with sight loss.

As of noon on October 11, the buildings and grounds are not damaged. We are holding scheduled classes as teachers become available. The closest fire is only a few miles away, however, and we are monitoring conditions closely. Large cinders have landed around the property.

While we are responding to this disaster, we are living it. All our staff and directors are safe. Not all can return home, and some don't know the status of their homes. Jeff, our technology manager, says he's grateful that he still has a home. It's in the evacuation zone, so he can't go home yet. His sister's home is gone. Our instructor, Cathy, and our board member, Linda, have been advised to have evacuation kits by their doors because the fire is close. We have been in touch with some of our clients but not all. We know some have evacuated and others are prepared, but there are many that we have not heard from and can't get in touch with.

Communication systems in the area are compromised, and we haven't heard from all those we care about. We encourage people to register with the Red Cross Safe and Well site:

The Santa Rosa City emergency site ( is very useful and comprehensive, and works well with assistive technology like screen readers.

Radio station KSRO is giving current and up-to-date information, including press conferences. They are at 1350 am, 103.5 fm, and streaming at .

Many of our staff are here on site so feel free to call if you have questions (707-523-3222) or look for updates on Facebook - just friend the "Earl Baum Center". Stay safe and help your community and family. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to those with lost homes and loved ones.


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Dan Needham, CEO


Our mission is to provide opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired to improve and enrich their personal, social and economic lives.


It is the Vision of the Earle Baum Center to facilitate personal independence and growth for people who are blind or vision impaired by:

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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm

4539 Occidental Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Phone: (707) 523-3222
Fax: (707) 636-2768

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