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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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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UCP WORK, Inc. Welcomes New CEO

By UCP Work, Inc. on Jan 15, 2019 at 06:40 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY OF LOS ANGELES, VENTURA AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES BOARD NAMES NEW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Incoming President and CEO Lori Anderson has an extensive background in residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the United States.

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Seasons Greetings From the Executive Director

Seasons Greetings From the Executive Director
By Rae van Seenus on Dec 19, 2018 at 05:45 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Dear Friends,

This has been an amazing year at UCP WORK, Inc. Last month the community came together to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, and it gave us the opportunity to reflect proudly on how we have grown over the years and expanded our outreach to every corner of the county.

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First Thursday Art Exhibit Supports Jobs for Adults with Disabilities

First Thursday Art Exhibit Supports Jobs for Adults with Disabilities
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 29, 2018 at 03:58 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

he media and public are invited to “Horizon Lines”, a First Thursday Art Exhibit and Artist Reception, at Santa Barbara Art Works, at 28 E. Victoria St., an artist studio-gallery for adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities to express themselves, collaborate within the community, create, exhibit and sell their artwork in a professional gallery. Santa Barbara Art Works is a sponsored service through UCP WORK, Inc. The studio specializes in art classes for adults with disabilities, which are taught five days a week in painting, ceramics, mixed media, and watercolors. Students are also taught employment skills in exhibiting and commissioning their own work, and each artist works towards producing a portfolio and an annual solo show.

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50 Years Serving People with Disabilities in the Tri-County

50 Years Serving People with Disabilities in the Tri-County
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 29, 2018 at 03:33 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Right here in Santa Barbara County, UCP WORK, Inc., an organization that’s been providing job training and employment services for people with disabilities for 50 years, knows first-hand the values of disability employment and inclusion, but also the importance of integrating its participants into the community as active contributing citizens.

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