2018-2019 School Year

By Steve Wilson / July 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

It’s a new school year, and with the help of parents, caregivers, teachers, aides, Adult Education Admin, and the SCUSD Board we have managed to still be an integral part of the Adult Education program in Santa Clara. Several people key to our success have retired this year, but the new individuals have stepped up…

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Raised Planter Beds

By Steve Wilson / July 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

With part of the funds received from the 2016 Mercury News Wishbook grant, lumber was purchased and 4 redwood planter boxes were made allowing more vegetables to be grown and more students participation in the gardening program.

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Amazon Smile

By Steve Wilson / February 14, 2017 / 0 Comments

We are seeing our first deposits in the bank of funds from people using Amazon Smile to place their Amazon orders and designating funds to Friends of Independence Network. If you are not already signed up, please sign up at Amazon Smile and designate Friends of Independence Network as the recipient of the funds. You…

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Order from Amazon and support FINS

By Steve Wilson / September 28, 2016 / 0 Comments

The Holidays are coming! Why not do your online shopping and help FINS at the same time? If you enroll for Amazom Smile ( then you can order through Amazon and Amazon will send a portion of the sale monies to FINS! Just enroll and be sure to use this Amazon web address anytime you…

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FINS Events

Results of 2019 FINS Dinner and Auction

By Steve Wilson / April 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

We had over 140 donors turn out for our Italian Dinner and Auction. Everyone got a complementary glass of red wine and had a delicious buffet meal with dessert. We had set a goal of making around $10,000 for the IN Program, and actually ended up above $15,000. We will be presenting a check to…

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FINS Silent Auction Items

By Steve Wilson / March 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

FINS Silent Auction Items- Website version (1)

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Call to Action for FINS Annual Fundraiser

By Steve Wilson / February 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Ther are only 5 weeks until the FINS Italian Supper and Auction Fundraiser. We need everyone to be diligently reaching out to family and acquantances to buy tickets to the dinner. We need to sell 100 tickets to break even on the food and venue costs. Take the time to support Independence Network, the students…

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FINS 2019 Silent Auction Items (as of 02-10)

By Steve Wilson / February 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

Auction and Raffle Items for FINS Annual Raffle and Auction

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Independence Network News

IN is participating in Mercury News Wishbook Program 2019

By Steve Wilson / December 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

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

By Steve Wilson / November 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

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

By Steve Wilson / June 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

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

By Steve Wilson / June 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

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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Independence Network Events


By Steve Wilson / February 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Here is the flyer for the FINS 2019 FundraiserSilent Auction FLYER pdf

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Independence Network Annual Harvest Festival

By Steve Wilson / November 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

Indepence Network had their annual Harvest Festival Wednesday October 31 in the multi-purpose room. they had a best costume contest, and cupcakes and candy, and a dance. everyone had a great time. there were art activities and a lot of visiting between students. The preschool paraded through the room to show us all their cute…

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Barbara Stealey Retirement Party

By Steve Wilson / September 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

August 31 was Barbara Stealey’s last day as IN Supervisor. The classrooms gave a surprise “Good-Bye Party” in the multipurpose room and all classes attended to say Good-Bye and thanks to a very talented and integral part of the IN Program. Many of the students spoke as well as Admin staff from Adult Ed. Barbara…

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By Steve Wilson / July 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

The annual awards ceremony was held in the multi-purpose room at noon on July 6th. FINS would like to congratulte all the students who have worked so hard this last year to improve their lives via the training and Guidance of IN staff.Thanks to all the staff (teachers, aides, and administrators) for their efforts and…

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