MISSION: UCP WORK, Inc. is dedicated to providing services to residents of the Tri-Counties with mental and/or physical disabilities, so that they may work and live independently as contributing citizens within the community of their choice.

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Coronavirus Action Plan, Resources & Information Update

Coronavirus Action Plan, Resources & Information Update
By Rae van Seenus on Mar 14, 2020 at 08:09 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

UCP WORK Inc. is committed to the health and safety of all our program participants and staff.  As such, we continue to closely monitor the developments related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from our local county Public Health Departments and the Centers for Disease Control.     

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Individual with Cerebral Palsy Employed at Three Santa Barbara Jobs:
 Representing Disability Awareness Month and A Life Without Limits

Individual with Cerebral Palsy Employed at Three Santa Barbara Jobs:
 Representing Disability Awareness Month and A Life Without Limits
By Rae van Seenus on Mar 04, 2020 at 07:14 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Did you know that wearing green in March isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day, because it also represents National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Observing CP Awareness Month represents the power of diversity, the importance of inclusion, and allows us to educate and bring awareness on how individuals living with cerebral palsy can live independently, work, and make their own decisions.

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Benefits of Paid Internship Program Leads to Employment

Benefits of Paid Internship Program Leads to Employment
By Rae van Seenus on Feb 28, 2020 at 09:11 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Congratulations to Sara Ostrowski for her current paid internship position, that will soon transition into permanent employment, with the Independent Living Resource Center of the Tri-Counties in May, 2020!

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Chef Opens Doors for Adults to Learn Cooking and Life-Skills:
Helps Cultivate Work Development Program for Individuals with Disabilities

Chef Opens Doors for Adults to Learn Cooking and Life-Skills:
Helps Cultivate Work Development Program for Individuals with Disabilities
By Rae van Seenus on Feb 21, 2020 at 04:16 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

With nearly 30 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities in varying programs throughout Santa Barbara, Dan Weisman, current Job Coach with UCP WORK, Inc., also knows his way around the kitchen. Food-safety certified and self-taught Chef, he is responsible for the program development, instruction, and operations of the agency’s weekly Cooking Class for adults with disabilities, part of the Santa Barbara Applied Abilities Program. There, Chef Dan, as he’s called by his students, coordinates and teaches menu preparation, time management, food-handling and kitchen safety skills, to a group of twelve participants every Wednesday from 9:00AM - 2:00PM.

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Downtown Art Studio Helps Adults with Disabilities Turn Passion into a Career

 Downtown Art Studio Helps Adults with Disabilities Turn Passion into a Career
By Rae van Seenus on Jan 30, 2020 at 04:21 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Erin Ziegler is a student pursuing art classes at Santa Barbara Art Works in downtown’s arts district.  Despite the stigma often surrounding people with developmental disabilities, she is independent, socially expressive, and passionate about creating and selling her unique artwork. Through the support services of UCP WORK, Inc., Erin’s employment opportunity in the field of art, highlights the purpose and importance of integration and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. 

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Announcing Recipient of 20 Year Anniversary Award

Announcing Recipient of 20 Year Anniversary Award
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 20, 2019 at 04:54 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

It is our pleasure to announce the recipient of the UCP WORK, Inc. 20 Year Anniversary award, Renee DeLauer, Director of Independent & Supported Living Services in Santa Maria!

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UCP WORK, Inc. Promotes 
New Director of Program Services

UCP WORK, Inc. Promotes 
New Director of Program Services
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 19, 2019 at 07:18 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Kevin Smith to Director of Program Services for UCP WORK, Inc. Kevin joined the agency in 2010, during which time he has held several positions within the organization. Most currently, he has worked as the Employment Services Manager, successfully overseeing the employment contract with the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department for many years.

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Empowering Individuals with Disabilities through People First Facilitated Advocacy Meetings

Empowering Individuals with Disabilities through People First Facilitated Advocacy Meetings
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 13, 2019 at 04:42 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

At our UCP WORK, Inc Applied Abilities Programs in both Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, weekly People First Facilitated Advocacy Meetings are held, for all individuals served, to voice their concerns about what might be happening in the public as it relates to their safety and rights as persons with disabilities.

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All About Barbara Davis: A Personal Q&A by Santa Maria Applied Abilities UCP Times Contributors

All About Barbara Davis: A Personal Q&A by Santa Maria Applied Abilities UCP Times Contributors
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 11, 2019 at 06:07 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

In July of this year, contributors of the UCP Times at the Applied Abilities Program in Santa Maria, had an opportunity to interview a charming lady named Barbara Davis.

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Community Arts Grant Awarded to Santa Barbara Art Works

Community Arts Grant Awarded to Santa Barbara Art Works
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 09, 2019 at 07:13 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Montecito Bank & Trusts' Community Dividends program donates $1M annually to non-profit organizations across Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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