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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Grand Opening & First Thursday of New Inclusive Art Studio-Gallery a Huge Success!

Grand Opening & First Thursday of New Inclusive Art Studio-Gallery a Huge Success!
By Rae van Seenus on Sep 12, 2018 at 04:10 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Santa Barbara Art Works celebrated its Grand Opening and Downtown's First Thursday Artist Reception last Thursday, September 6th, 2018, from 5:00 - 8:00PM. Approximately 300 guests from the community took part in the opening event, with art adorned walls from fifteen resident artists with disabilities, food generously sponsored by Roost restaurant, and wine donated by August Ridge vineyards. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce and the UCP WORK, Inc. staff, along with the excitement of the Santa Barbara Art Works resident artists. Executive Director, Kathy Webb, cut the ribbon with a vibrant snap and welcomed guests to the newest inclusive art gallery in Santa Barbara's downtown arts district.

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Rollin' Rebels Power Soccer Team receives $40K donation to fund new Strike Force Chairs

Rollin' Rebels Power Soccer Team receives $40K donation to fund new Strike Force Chairs
By Rae van Seenus on Aug 07, 2018 at 05:19 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Eight participants from UCP WORK, Inc., the largest agency on the Central Coast for programs and services for people with developmental disabilities, celebrated last Sunday at the unveiling of four new Strike Force power wheelchairs, a generous gift from a local donor. 

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The Evolution of Sundial Studios

The Evolution of Sundial Studios
By Rae van Seenus on Jun 11, 2018 at 01:56 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

We are very excited to announce some big changes that are taking place with the Sundial Studio and Gallery. First and foremost, we are moving into a new location in the heart of the Santa Barbara Art District on July 1st.

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New Director of Applied Abilities Program North

By Rae van Seenus on May 18, 2018 at 03:47 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Welcome our latest addition to the UCP WORK, Inc. leadership team, Maria Prince. Maria is the new Director of the Santa Maria Applied Abilities Program, and we are thrilled that she’s on board.

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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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Thank you so much to Toyota of Santa Barbara!

By Eryn Eckert, PhD on May 12, 2017 at 10:34 PM

We are so grateful to General Manager Mike Caldwell and Toyota of Santa Barbara for your generous donation to UCP WORK, Inc.! Funds will be used to support our art gallery Sundial Studio, as well as our Children's Community Integration Program (in which we take children in special education classes on outings into the community as part of their school day). Thank you!

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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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