Caring Since 1914
1914 The first formal meeting of the New York Guild for the Jewish Blind is held. The organization would provide care and support for needy blind Jewish children and improve the physical, mental, and economic conditions for blind adults.
1919 The Guild opens a home in Yonkers to care for blind Jewish children. In succeeding years, a cottage for blind women and an annex for blind men were added.
1935 The Braille Library opens. It will become famous for transcribing textbooks for blind Jewish children.
1951 The Guild School opens.
1960 The New York Guild for the Jewish Blind is renamed The Jewish Guild for the Blind to reflect its non-sectarian status.
1961 The Guild opens its psychiatric clinic, the first to specialize in blindness.
1964 The Guild launches a program for multi-disabled young adults.
1971 The Guild moves its headquarters to the Estelle R. Newman City Center at 15 West 65th Street in Manhattan.
1984 GuildCare, The Guild’s Adult Day Health Care Program, opens at the Guild Home and in the Bronx.
1989 The Elizabeth L. Newman Preschool opens in Manhattan.
1990 The Day Treatment Program opens, serving people who are visually impaired, hearing-impaired and multi-disabled.
1994 The Diagnostic and Treatment Center opens at the City Center.
1996 The Guild and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine completes plans for the Lois Pope Jewish Guild for the Blind Low Vision Center, located in Palm Beach Gardens.
1997 The Guild establishes GuildNet, a managed long-term care program.
1998 The Guild’s Assistive Technology Center opens at the City Center.
2000 SightCare, the Guild’s program to educate caregivers for blind and visually impaired persons, commences training.
2003 The Guild awards the first Alfred W. Bressler Prize in Vision Science to Richard A. Lewis, MD, MS.
2004 Our national GuildScholar Program begins.
2006 The Children's Vision Health program starts, offering the first national tele-support group for parents of children with vision impairments.
2010 GuildCare celebrates 25 years of service.