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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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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3D Technology Enhances Artistic Expression for Thomas

3D Technology Enhances Artistic Expression for Thomas
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 25, 2019 at 04:59 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Artist Thomas Coffey has enjoyed attending art classes through the services of UCP WORK, Inc. since 2014.  His medium of choice is acrylic painting, but due to the challenge of holding and moving a regular paintbrush in steady strokes, Studio Manager, Jacob Allio, experimented and developed adapted art tools for Thomas to paint with. By using items he could find around the studio, Jacob wrapped paper towels and painters' tape around the paintbrush handle, which helped increase Thomas’ ability to hold it, but there were still some accommodations to be made. 

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A Brilliant Mind Reflected in Visual Autobiography


A Brilliant Mind Reflected in Visual Autobiography

By Rae van Seenus on Nov 20, 2019 at 06:39 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Despite the stigma often surrounding people with developmental disabilities, John Houston, a resident artist at Santa Barbara Art Works in Downtown’s arts district, has a photographic memory, and a tenacious desire to share his work with others.  “I want to show you my drawings!”, replied John, an individual served by UCP WORK, Inc., a service provider that offers integrated employment programs for adults with disabilities residing in the Tri-Counties.  John attends art classes at the agency’s art studio twice a week, while also participating in the many programs offered at UCP WORK, Inc., such as volunteering in the community, life-skills training, and outings to the city’s libraries and museums. 

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