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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Maintenance Crews Shine at the Santa Maria Area CHP

By Rae van Seenus on Aug 28, 2019 at 06:11 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Did you know that the UCP WORK, Inc. Group Supported Employment Program brings people with developmental disabilities together with similar interests and training needs, places them in supported work sites, and fulfills contracts with public agencies and private companies? The program participants benefit by working in a supported community atmosphere and by earning a meaningful wage.

In June this year, UCP WORK, Inc. was delighted to land a new contract with the Santa Maria CHP, where two groups of participants are employed in both grounds maintenance and janitorial services. According to Rudolph D’Souza, Office Services Supervisor at the CHP, the public agency did not have any maintenance services for almost a full year, before UCP WORK, Inc. had approached him.  “The facility was overgrown with weeds and in pretty bad shape, but UCP, WORK, Inc. crews did a fine job cleaning up a big job.” Happy with the results, D’Souza immediately went to the CHP leadership team in Sacramento, and obtained approval for the contract.

Maria Prince, Director of UCP WORK, Inc. Applied Abilities Program, North County, explains, “All individuals who work at the CHP earn minimum wage, work incredibly hard, and are very detail-oriented with their tasks. The employees work alongside CHP officers and must maintain a professional attitude at all times, which they all have successfully accomplished.” 

The grounds maintenance crew is responsible for preserving attractive, healthy, and safe conditions of all flowers, ground covers, lawns, shrubs, trees, and all other plants.  They work to clean-up the building’s outdoor public spaces and facilitate disposal of all clippings and debris. The crew arrives at CHP every Wednesday at 9:30am and works for a total of three-hours. Currently, the group is in the process of planting new bushes and perennials.  This crew is led by Job Coach Armando Alejandre, and, Assistant Job Coaches, Art Arrevalo and Jesse Galavize.  The grounds maintenance crew consists of the following; Carlos Ibarra, CJ Schoettler, Mike Jones, and Jason Locke.  

The janitorial service crew works three days per week, for a total of three hours per day.  This groups’ work includes all aspects of janitorial maintenance throughout the entire CHP facility building. The participants even wash windows. The janitorial services crew consists of the following; Steven Branda, Rodney Jackson, and CJ Schoettler.  Job Coaches are Colleen Robles, Gloria Estrada and Virginia Hildago.

Additionally, D’Souza states, “UCP WORK, Inc. crews are always smiling and are great to have around. I have especially seen a boost of confidence in both Steven and Rodney in janitorial, they keep things looking good around here.”  For more info about the Santa Maria CHP, visit https://www.chpsantamaria.com/about

To find out how your business can hire employees with the UCP WORK, Inc. Group Supported Employment Program, contact Judy Linares at jlinares@ucpworkinc.org or call 805.566.9000.

Maintenance Crews Shine at the Santa Maria Area CHP
Maintenance Crews Shine at the Santa Maria Area CHP
Maintenance Crews Shine at the Santa Maria Area CHP
Maintenance Crews Shine at the Santa Maria Area CHP