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Peer-Partners Grant Project is at the Heart of Person-Centered Practices

Peer-Partners Grant Project is at the Heart of Person-Centered Practices
By Rae van Seenus on Aug 05, 2020 at 04:47 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Available Resource for Providers to Lead Home and Community-Based Services

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Show Opening! Virtual Arts Market to Benefit Artists' COVID-19 Relief Fund

Show Opening! Virtual Arts Market to Benefit Artists' COVID-19 Relief Fund
By Rae van Seenus on Jul 30, 2020 at 08:06 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. announces its downtown art studio-gallery, Santa Barbara Art Works, is launching a Virtual Arts Market starting Thursday, August 6th, 2020.

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Day-Service Delivery Modifications Due to COVID-19

Day-Service Delivery Modifications Due to COVID-19
By Rae van Seenus on Jul 10, 2020 at 02:51 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

Since the start of California’s shelter-in-place mandate on March 20th, UCP WORK, Inc’s Applied Abilities programs have transitioned to virtual at-home day services to mitigate the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19.

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Integrated & Adaptive Arts Program for Santa Barbara Youth at Inclusive Arts Studio for Artists with Disabilities

Integrated & Adaptive Arts Program for Santa Barbara Youth at Inclusive Arts Studio for Artists with Disabilities
By Rae van Seenus on Jun 11, 2020 at 11:27 AM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog

UCP WORK, Inc. announces that the organization has received a generous grant that will go towards our Fall 2020 Children's Adaptive Arts Program at Santa Barbara Art Works, an arts studio-gallery for artists with disabilities located in downtown Santa Barbara.

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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 people with disabilities make up the largest minority nationwide.  So then why are they also the most untapped labor market?  Perhaps it’s because of the misconceptions about people with disabilities that have made employers reluctant to hire them.  It’s also due to increased barriers that once a person has transitioned out of youth services, such as special education, there are very few vocational training services available, in some cities, to bridge the gap between high school and the start of a meaningful career.  The majority of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain either unemployed or underemployed despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work. 

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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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