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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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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UCP WORK, Inc. Bids a Fond Farewell to Kathy Webb and Names New Executive Director, Judy Linares

UCP WORK, Inc. Bids a Fond Farewell to Kathy Webb and Names New Executive Director, Judy Linares
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 06, 2019 at 10:53 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

As many of you know by now, at the end of January we will be bidding a fond farewell to Kathy Webb, our Executive Director, who has led the organization for close to 19 years. Kathy, who has worked in the field of human services for 45 years, will be leaving behind a legacy, given the expansion of the organization, a creative array of programs centered on everyone’s unique needs and preferences and a philosophy that we are all in this together.

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UCP WORK, Inc. Leaders and Managers Trained in Compassionate Communication

UCP WORK, Inc. Leaders and Managers Trained in Compassionate Communication
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 06, 2019 at 06:49 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

The UCP WORK, Inc. leadership and management teams participated in a professional development opportunity on Friday, December 6, 2019, to explore the application of Compassionate Communication strategies in our work with students, faculty, staff and each other. Rodger Sorrow, a certified trainer for The Center for Nonviolent Communication in Santa Barbara (CNVC) since 2001, will be conducting the training. 

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3D Technology Enhances Artistic Expression for Thomas

3D Technology Enhances Artistic Expression for Thomas
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 25, 2019 at 04:59 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Artist Thomas Coffey has enjoyed attending art classes through the services of UCP WORK, Inc. since 2014.  His medium of choice is acrylic painting, but due to the challenge of holding and moving a regular paintbrush in steady strokes, Studio Manager, Jacob Allio, experimented and developed adapted art tools for Thomas to paint with. By using items he could find around the studio, Jacob wrapped paper towels and painters' tape around the paintbrush handle, which helped increase Thomas’ ability to hold it, but there were still some accommodations to be made. 

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A Brilliant Mind Reflected in Visual Autobiography


A Brilliant Mind Reflected in Visual Autobiography

By Rae van Seenus on Nov 20, 2019 at 06:39 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Despite the stigma often surrounding people with developmental disabilities, John Houston, a resident artist at Santa Barbara Art Works in Downtown’s arts district, has a photographic memory, and a tenacious desire to share his work with others.  “I want to show you my drawings!”, replied John, an individual served by UCP WORK, Inc., a service provider that offers integrated employment programs for adults with disabilities residing in the Tri-Counties.  John attends art classes at the agency’s art studio twice a week, while also participating in the many programs offered at UCP WORK, Inc., such as volunteering in the community, life-skills training, and outings to the city’s libraries and museums. 

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Art Classes for Every Ability Needs Quality Art Supplies

Art Classes for Every Ability Needs Quality Art Supplies
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 18, 2019 at 04:55 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

“Princess” Reiko Karl had never painted or participated in any type of art class before attending Santa Barbara Art Works. Through the support of UCP WORK, Inc., she’s been coming to the Integrated Arts Program for 2 years, having started at the studio’s previous location, Sundial Artsfe. She feels the experience has really changed her life, “I used to think I was just going to end up at home doing nothing, but here at program, I get to learn all types of art, like using a grid to plan out my drawings, and how to mix and blend colors.” Reiko also stated that she appreciates the exercise she gets by walking to class and that students are given the opportunity to go out into the community for field trips.

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Give ART WITH HEART to Support Art Instruction & Integrated Art Classes

Give ART WITH HEART to Support Art Instruction & Integrated Art Classes
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 14, 2019 at 09:50 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Brian MacLaren is both a resident artist and employee at Santa Barbara Art Works, UCP WORK, Inc.’s arts business and program serving artists with disabilities. He has worked within the studio at least three years and was hired for his talent and experience as a watercolor artist, as well as, his knowledge of beginning to intermediate art techniques.

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Santa Barbara DJ Thrives in Independent Employment and Strong Interpersonal Skills

Santa Barbara DJ Thrives in Independent Employment and Strong Interpersonal Skills
By Rae van Seenus on Oct 21, 2019 at 06:12 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Chris Benedict is a 37-year-old individual with cerebral palsy working independently as a DJ in Santa Barbara, California, and is served through the Business Support Program of UCP WORK, Inc., a service and job placement provider for adults with disabilities on the Central Coast.

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Alpha Crew Member Finds Her Individualized Skill Set in Retail Merchandising

Alpha Crew Member Finds Her Individualized Skill Set in Retail Merchandising
By Rae van Seenus on Oct 14, 2019 at 01:19 AM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Congress designates each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). In an effort to educate our followers about issues related to disability and employment, UCP WORK, Inc. is sharing "on the job" stories of individuals placed through its Employment Services, featuring that employee's unique skills, and including the many hiring benefits for employers. We celebrate NDEAM and the fact that it's what a person can do on the job that matters.

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On the Job with Cullen Dorais: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

On the Job with Cullen Dorais: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
By Rae van Seenus on Oct 07, 2019 at 03:37 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. can help businesses learn how to be inclusive of people with disabilities, benefit from a wider pool of talent and skills, and tap into a growing market, since people with disabilities represent the third largest market segment in the U.S. 

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