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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Teaching Real Life Skills in the Kitchen: Move Over Top Chef!

Teaching Real Life Skills in the Kitchen: Move Over Top Chef!
By Rae van Seenus on Apr 16, 2018 at 07:04 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

The UCP WORK, Inc.  Applied Abilities program in Santa Barbara helps adults with disabilities achieve their professional goals. Many of the participants in this weekly Cooking Class receive the opportunity to learn new skills which will increase their potential as skilled workers in the field of culinary arts. For some, the thought of one day working in a restaurant or bakery kitchen is in fact a goal within reach.

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Bridging Service Gap for People with Disabilities 
Leads to Inclusive Employment

By Rae van Seenus on Apr 02, 2018 at 05:15 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

First of its kind in the county of Santa Barbara, The Braided Services program of UCP WORK Inc., offers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a fully integrated employment skill training service that puts it on the cutting edge in the state and may result in an upward shift in employment for people with disabilities. Traditionally, there are very little resources available for individuals with disabilities to build a strong foundation and skills needed to get into the workforce, especially as they transition from youth services to adult services. The traditional option in most counties is to enter a day program, but not all people with disabilities want that. The Braided Services program offers the unique opportunity for individuals to go through an employment assessment process, take specific courses, and learn skills within a classroom and community setting. The courses offered are person-centered, which UCP WORK Inc. describes as a focus on the individuals strengths and aspirations, and less on one’s disability. The Braided Services program also plans to partner with local businesses to provide internships to its participating students and fostering inclusive employment practices.

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Sand & Sea Art Show at Sundial Studios

Sand & Sea Art Show at Sundial Studios
By UCP Work, Inc. on Aug 18, 2017 at 10:24 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Please join us on Thursday September 21, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Sundial Studios (715 Kimball St., Santa Barbara) for the opening reception of the Sand & Sea Art Show. Sand & Sea Art collection features works inspired by Santa Barbara; created by more than 20 Sundial resident artists with disabilities.

Come enjoy a fun night with beautiful art, music provided by local favorites, The Traveling Hurtados, and refreshments. We hope to see you there!

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Sundial Studios Harmony Art Show on July 20, 2017

Sundial Studios Harmony Art Show on July 20, 2017
By UCP Work, Inc. on Jun 26, 2017 at 09:33 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Come see the Sundial Studios Art Show on July 20, 2017 featuring the Harmony collection. Please join us on July 20th from 5:30-8:30pm for the opening reception at Sundial Studios location (715 Kimball St., Santa Barbara) to celebrate the student artists, enjoy their great art, and relax with live music and refreshments!

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Sundial Studios: Art Event on May 18, 2017

Sundial Studios:  Art Event on May 18, 2017
By UCP Work, Inc. on May 02, 2017 at 12:57 AM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Sundial Studios: Journey
Come with us on a journey as Artists Trevor Coopersmith, a senior from UCSB, invites 7 art students with disabilities to explore a new art form. In doing this they find a new way to express their creativity and independence. Art from the class will be displayed alongside photos of the journey. This will be a collaborative show that will include the art from the teacher and his students.

Come join with us on this journey May 18th at Sundial Studios located at 715 Kimball St., Santa Barbara from 5:30-8:30pm to enjoy the art, refreshments, and live jazz music!

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UCP WORK, Inc. Fresco Cafe Art Show and Sale Saturday April 30, 2016

By Eryn Eckert, PhD on Mar 24, 2016 at 11:27 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. receives 10% of all food and drink sales generated throughout the evening. Art from the resident artists of Sundial Studios will be showcased and available for sale. Join us for live music and a raffle with a variety of wonderful prizes while you enjoy a delicious meal at Fresco!

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National Cookie Day at Applied Abilities in Santa Barbara!

By UCP Work, Inc. on Dec 07, 2015 at 09:29 AM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Friday, December 3, 2015 was National Cookie Day and UCP Applied Abilities staff and participants celebrated by seeing who could move a cookie from their forehead to their mouth using only facial muscles. Check out this video of our staff Manaho's successful effort!

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Welcome Eryn Eckert, Ph.D. as new Director

By UCP Work, Inc. on Nov 02, 2015 at 09:16 AM in UCP Work Inc Blog

We are pleased to announce that Eryn Eckert, Ph.D. has joined UCP WORK, Inc. as Director of Community Integration.

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UCP WORK, Inc. Welcomes New Leadership Team Members

By UCP Work, Inc. on Apr 17, 2015 at 04:12 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

We are pleased to announce the following great additions joining our leadership team.

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Jake Boone Follows His Passion

By UCP Work, Inc. on Apr 07, 2015 at 03:18 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Jacob Boone came to work for UCP WORK, Inc. in 2010 and it became quickly apparent to our Applied Abilities senior staff that they had found a heart-driven, hands-on employee ... a real keeper.

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