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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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Cartoon Artist Finds his Niche through Art Teacher Internship

Cartoon Artist Finds his Niche through Art Teacher Internship
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 19, 2019 at 06:09 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Chris Mires is a talented self-taught illustrator and cartoon artist, but shares that he has had challenges finding employment opportunities that fit his unique needs. “I didn’t have the confidence when interviewing for a job. I didn’t think I could teach, nor did I think I could make a career in art,” said Chris, but through the support of the Employment Services at UCP WORK, Inc., and in collaboration with the Department of Rehabilitation, Chris was offered a paid internship at Santa Barbara Art Works arts studio.

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Art Classes for Every Ability Needs Quality Art Supplies

Art Classes for Every Ability Needs Quality Art Supplies
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 18, 2019 at 04:55 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

“Princess” Reiko Karl had never painted or participated in any type of art class before attending Santa Barbara Art Works. Through the support of UCP WORK, Inc., she’s been coming to the Integrated Arts Program for 2 years, having started at the studio’s previous location, Sundial Artsfe. She feels the experience has really changed her life, “I used to think I was just going to end up at home doing nothing, but here at program, I get to learn all types of art, like using a grid to plan out my drawings, and how to mix and blend colors.” Reiko also stated that she appreciates the exercise she gets by walking to class and that students are given the opportunity to go out into the community for field trips.

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Give ART WITH HEART to Support Art Instruction & Integrated Art Classes

Give ART WITH HEART to Support Art Instruction & Integrated Art Classes
By Rae van Seenus on Nov 14, 2019 at 09:50 PM in UCP Work Inc Blog

Brian MacLaren is both a resident artist and employee at Santa Barbara Art Works, UCP WORK, Inc.’s arts business and program serving artists with disabilities. He has worked within the studio at least three years and was hired for his talent and experience as a watercolor artist, as well as, his knowledge of beginning to intermediate art techniques.

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