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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Hiring People with Disabilities is Doing Good Business

Hiring People with Disabilities is Doing Good Business
By Rae van Seenus on Jun 05, 2020 at 11:24 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

In the United States alone, 42.5 million people have at least one form of disability. That means that individuals with disabilities make up the largest minority nationwide. So then why are people with disabilities also the most untapped in the workforce? Perhaps it’s because of the misconceptions about people with disabilities that have made employers reluctant to hire them. It’s also due to barriers that include the fact that once a person has transitioned out of youth services, such as special education, there are very few services available, in some cities, to bridge the gap between high school and the potential for a career.

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Carpinteria Students Give Back by Hosting Virtual Game Nights with Residents in Supported Living

Carpinteria Students Give Back by Hosting Virtual Game Nights with Residents in Supported Living
By Rae van Seenus on May 27, 2020 at 09:30 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Servons (to serve), is a motto to student life at Cate School, shares Director of Community Engagement, Will Homes.  Although volunteering for public service hours is not required, like at most public schools, Cate focuses on giving back as a tradition and is available to students by choice.  Cate’s Public Service Night program, which has evolved since the 1980’s, consists of a group of 5-7 high school students, that volunteer weekly at a number of local organizations and have the opportunity to engage with agency participants in games and other enrichment activities. 

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A Positive Boost During 2020 Pandemic with Staff Incentives, PPE, and Delivered Groceries

A Positive Boost During 2020 Pandemic with Staff Incentives, PPE, and Delivered Groceries
By Rae van Seenus on Apr 20, 2020 at 03:29 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Together, UCP WORK, Inc. and the community of people with disabilities are feeling the tremendous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At UCP WORK, Inc., our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our constituents.

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Coronavirus Action Plan, Resources & Information Update

Coronavirus Action Plan, Resources & Information Update
By Rae van Seenus on Mar 14, 2020 at 08:09 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

UCP WORK Inc. is committed to the health and safety of all our program participants and staff.  As such, we continue to closely monitor the developments related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from our local county Public Health Departments and the Centers for Disease Control.     

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Individual Employed at Three Santa Barbara Jobs Represents CP Awareness Month and A Life Without Limits

Individual Employed at Three Santa Barbara Jobs Represents CP Awareness Month and A Life Without Limits
By Rae van Seenus on Mar 04, 2020 at 07:14 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Did you know that wearing green in March isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day, because it also represents National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month. Observing CP Awareness Month represents the power of diversity, the importance of inclusion, and allows us to educate and bring awareness on how individuals living with cerebral palsy can live independently, work, and make their own decisions.

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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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