We help blind and visually impaired individuals stay in their homes and out of institutions.

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Our Purpose & Mission

It is our purpose and mission to provide:

  • A comprehensive health program of peer and other counseling support
  • Provide educational support, social development and other community based programs to foster physical and mental health
  • Develop a personalized program designed to develop independence and forestall institutionalization for the blind and visually impaired of all ages.

We are able to do this by proving transportation, providing a library of visual aids and through peer groups and counseling. Sierra Services is an advocate for the blind and visually impaired. We will also help you seek other services such as the CTAP phone, audio books, CCTV's etc.

Our Organization

Like most non-profit organizations Sierra Services for the Blind is managed by a Board of Directors.  There is a voting membership, which has the power of approval over the actions of that Board of Directors.  Structured similar to stockholders, there is in the by-laws a provision which requires an Annual Meeting of the Membership. This system, and the fact some boards members are also clients, assures the agency remains committed to the original purpose, to serve the needs of the blind and visually impaired of our service area.

The Board meets monthly on the third Tuesday.  Like all boards of directors they are responsible for setting policy and directing fund raising activities, set the budget. Presently over half are also clients.

  • The Executive Director is responsible for the daily management of the organization, staff and all programs.  He is also the manager for fund raising event promotion and development and the development of the budget and oversees all expenditures.  Richard, our Executive Director has been with the agency for almost 25 years.
  • The Program Specialist is primarily the peer counselor. The position requires the individual to be blind or visually impaired. This position is also responsible for the development of the program for the individual, including individual counseling, placement in peer and other groups or programs, and work with the family to develop understanding for the unique needs of the client. Joe has been a client with Sierra Services for 20 years and took on this position 6 years ago.
  • The Transportation Coordinator is responsible for getting our clients to and from peer groups, medical appointments or to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. Carol has been in charge of this position for over 20 years now.
  • The Office Coordinator holds the responsibility for the management of the office and all client records.  This position is also responsible for helping clients with the audio book system, updating the website and handling our Facebook account. Sarah and Niki share this position and have both been with in this position since 2015.
  • Our Volunteers, we could not do it without the volunteers. Particularly in the case of transportation, but also in the fund raising area, volunteers make the difference between success and failure of the program.  This requires volunteers, who often find the return for service on a human level far exceeds mileage paid by the organization.


Office Hours:

Monday -Friday

9 am - 5 pm

546 Searls Avenue

Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 265-2121

Call to make an appointment


Our volunteers are a vital part of our program! We are in need of people to help with our transportation services.

Interested? Please call us at (530) 265-2121 or send us an email.