Independence Network News

The Santa Clara Weekly Newspaper wrote an article highlighting Independence Network and FINS in a February 2020 edition. This is great publicity within our community. Besides the publicity, it is an invitation for local residents to consider joining the FINS Board and help us further assimilate IN into the Santa Clara Valley offerings. FINS Creates…

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Wheelchair Van Update

The San Jose Mercury News contacted us last week and verified that we had raised $55,000 toward the purchase of a new wheelchair capable van from their holiday Wishbook Program. The school administration is working on getting the info needed to purchase the van. Updates to follow as the process works through all the channels.

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Wheel Chair Van

FINS put together a package and submitted it to the San Jose Mercury Wishbook. Verbally we have heard that our goal ofg $50,000 was met. This should furnish the IN program with a brand new van for wheelchair bound students and allow them to attend more off campus outings. More to follow when we see…

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IN is participating in Mercury News Wishbook Program 2019

Independence Network has been selected by the San Jose Mercury News to benefit from their 2019 Wishbook Program. We have asked for $50,000 for a new van with a wheelchair lift. Our current van no longer has a working lift and needs some major work done on the rest of the van. We have found…

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Weight Lifting Resources

4ACAA0C2-65C2-496A-91C1-6A502A3D8EB8.medium (1) Independence Network has arranged for weight trainers with the help our our aides to work with the students who can most benefit from this therapy. Weight training is beneficial to those who need to move in and out of wheelchairs or into cars or bath/shower. It helps those that are pre-diabetic to maintain…

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Garden Program

Several years ago, FINS nominated Independence Network for the San Jose Mercury News Wishbook. We were fortunate to be one of the chosen recipients of funds, and received around $20,000 for new computers and to fund Zumba and the weightlifting programs. We nominated IN every year since but have not been chosen. We again nominated…

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Good-bye 2016/2017 school year

Another school year is coming to a close at end of June. It has been a very successful year as every one is pitching in and working for the common goal of preparing the students for more enriched experiences in the world according to their abilities. A few notes: Kathy Martarano is retiring at the…

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FINS sponsored a Teacher and Aide Appreciation Breakfast on Wednesday February the 22nd in IN Kitchen.

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IN 2017

IN had their December 2 week break for the staff to get refreshed and spend some family time. Everyone is back now and things seem to be going smoothly. Danny from Yvonne’s class is leaving for new adventures. He will be missed! Weight training days have been cut back some. FINS is exploring how we…

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