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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Staff Spotlight: New Program Coordinator in Santa Maria, Victoria Martinez!

Staff Spotlight: New Program Coordinator in Santa Maria, Victoria Martinez!
By Rae van Seenus on Aug 20, 2019 at 08:26 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Today’s UCP WORK, Inc. Staff Spotlight is on Victoria Martinez, new Program Coordinator for Supported Living Services in Santa Maria. Through the UCP WORK, Inc. Supported Living Programs, individuals receive a variety of support services based on their preferences and needs. Some examples of those services that Victoria helps to coordinate are: Apartment and house search, housemate matching, banking and budgeting, shopping and meal preparation, housekeeping, accessing community resources, socialization, and much more.

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A Look Inside the Workplace for Three People Placed
Through UCP WORK, Inc.’s Braided Services Program

A Look Inside the Workplace for Three People Placed
Through UCP WORK, Inc.’s Braided Services Program
By Rae van Seenus on Aug 20, 2019 at 07:34 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Rosie Salazar, Employment Specialist for UCP WORK, Inc., North County, specializes in placing individuals with developmental disabilities in internships and jobs throughout Santa Maria. The individuals she places have “graduated” from UCP WORK, Inc’s Braided Services Program, a skills training service that is offered to participants that choose employment opportunities within the community. 

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Q&A with Power Soccer Assistant Coach, Brian MacLaren

Q&A with Power Soccer Assistant Coach, Brian MacLaren
By Rae van Seenus on Aug 09, 2019 at 06:11 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Last July, the UCP WORK, Inc. Power Soccer Team, the Rollin’ Rebels, was gifted with a grant of $40,000, for the purchase of four new Strike Force Power wheelchairs.  Known as the “Ferrari” of power wheelchairs and said to outperform every other power wheelchair on the market, it’s designed with a low center of gravity, wide wheelbase, customized center mount joystick, and is able to spin kick with more power. 

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Recent Job Promotions for Three in Santa Maria

Recent Job Promotions for Three in Santa Maria
By Rae van Seenus on Aug 05, 2019 at 08:34 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. is delighted to announce that during the month of July, 2019, three of its employees have been promoted to new employment positions within the UCP WORK, Inc. team!

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Integrative Arts Program for Community Youth Special Ed Launches at Santa Barbara Art Works on July 25

By Rae van Seenus on Jul 12, 2019 at 06:41 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. is excited to announce that we have received a grant from the generous support of the Ann Jackson Family Foundation that will go towards a NEW Children’s Integrative Arts Program at Santa Barbara Art Works, the arts studio-gallery for artists with disabilities within our UCP WORK, Inc. family of services.

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3D Printers Create Assisted Devices for People with Disabilities

3D Printers Create Assisted Devices for People with Disabilities
By Rae van Seenus on May 21, 2019 at 08:38 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Did you know that 3D Printing is a revolutionary and innovative way to impact the lives of people with disabilities? By using technology and art, 3D printers have the versatility to produce a number of tools that are designed to help people with fine motor difficulties both inside and outside the arts studio.

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Applied Abilities Annual Spring BBQ

Applied Abilities Annual Spring BBQ
By Rae van Seenus on May 06, 2019 at 06:42 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Friday, May 3rd, 2019, marked the annual Spring BBQ for the Applied Abilities Program in Santa Barbara, at Tucker's Grove Park. The event is planned each year as an opportunity for the entire program to come together as a whole, mostly for fun, but also to reflect on the outstanding service from our staff, as well as to show pride in our program participants for what they've accomplished.

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Local Boy Scout Selects UCP WORK, Inc. as Beneficiary of Eagle Scout Project

Local Boy Scout Selects UCP WORK, Inc. as Beneficiary of Eagle Scout Project
By Rae van Seenus on May 04, 2019 at 04:17 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

A local teen Boy Scout from Troop 4 in Santa Barbara selected UCP WORK, Inc. as the beneficiary for his Eagle Scout service project.

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Paid Internships On the Rise at UCP WORK, Inc.

Paid Internships On the Rise at UCP WORK, Inc.
By Rae van Seenus on Mar 14, 2019 at 03:33 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Having been a program participant at the UCP WORK, Inc. Applied Abilities Program for years, Carlos Ibarra, has learned a wide array of job skills and moved on to the Braided Services Program, the newest support services initiative, launched in 2018, through UCP WORK, Inc. After the skillful coaching and job placement by UCP WORK, Inc. Employment Specialist, Rosie Salazar, Carlos has been offered a paid internship at Al-Pho, a wonderful Vietnamese restaurant. He has also received his Certificate of Completion as a Certified Food Handler, an accomplishment he is deeply proud of, as he should be. Carlos is the second paid intern placed in competitive employment over the past month in Santa Maria, along with Alvie Hernandez, who has been working as a paid intern at Spencer's Market.

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Artist Constructs Sculptures Using the Strength of His Senses

Artist Constructs Sculptures Using the Strength of His Senses
By Rae van Seenus on Feb 28, 2019 at 04:49 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Joe Colunga is a 28 year old artist who is blind and takes weekly art classes at Santa Barbara Art Works, a downtown art studio with a primary goal of helping aspiring artists with disabilities create, show, and sell their work.  

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