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

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UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

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

Chef Opens Doors for Adults to Learn Cooking and Life-Skills
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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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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