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Own 'Fierce Love' the play on DVD!!!

You've seen the play - now you can own it on DVD!!

Six UCP moms gathered for ten weeks to share and write about their lives, families, experiences and especially their journeys with their children who have cerebral palsy.

Their writings have been turned into a theater production.  "Fierce Love" is authentic, riveting, and inspiring. These mothers share their hopes, life truths, and admit their biggest fears in their messy, broken, and brilliantly beautiful lives.

Now you can own the full theater performance on DVD!!!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR COPY TODAY!!!


Do you want a job with lots of time off each week?

Do you want to make a difference? Would you love a full-time job with lots of time off each week? Then United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) might have the perfect job for you!


UCP is currently seeking a full-time caregiver (Personal Assistant) for a hip young man who experiences developmental disabilities.

 

He is an active guy who lives with his family in NE Portland (Grant Park). Most of your days will be spent doing fun activities.


Learn more here.


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Want the best weekend job ever?

 Are you looking for the best weekend job ever? Then UCP might have the job for you!

We're currently seeking a Full-Time Weekend Personal Assistant, who will support a fun-loving, sassy woman who lives in her own apartment in Milwaukie. Learn more here.

 
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Want to Help People Have the Job of Their Dreams?

UCP is currently seeking a full-time Job Coach. This is a great job for students, because the schedule is Thursday-Monday 11am-7pm.

You'll work one-on-one with adults who experience various developmental disabilities. Most of them are already working in fantastic, community-based jobs.   

You’ll help them learn do tasks more independently, interact with co-workers, and maybe even negotiate for a promotion someday.

Find out more here

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Deadline Extended!

We've extended the deadline to apply for our Community Inclusion Program Manager position, so if you'd like to apply, now is your chance!

This is an amazing opportunity to manage an outstanding community inclusion program, helping adults who experience disabilities to explore their community and do the fun activities of their choice. You'll also have the chance to supervise a great team of employees.

Learn more here.

The position closes 6/12/15 at noon.

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Fierce Love Revival with United Cerebral Palsy

Fierce Love, in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy was an enormous success. Audiences filled Milagro and spoke highly of the journey the smart, funny writers took them on.

As a special event during United Cerebral Palsy’s Family Weekend, Well Arts is bringing back the sold out hit, Fierce Love, for two performances on Sunday, August 16th. UCP’s Family Picnic takes place at Harper’s Playground, Portland’s first ADA accessible playground, on Saturday, August 15th.

On Sunday, Well Arts will present a matinee (2:00) and evening (7:30) performance of Fierce Love, the extremely moving play written by six mothers of children with cerebral palsy.

Between the two performances there will be a meet and greet with the writers, cast, and production team; along with food, drink from local establishments and a silent auction with items from local businesses and hand-made by UCP members . All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will go to benefit United Cerebral Palsy and Well Arts evenly.

Tickets for this special event are available now, and include the evening reception. General Admission is $30.00, $20.00 for UCP Members.

Reservations can be made by email at , or by calling the Well Arts Office at (503)459-4500. Tickets will go very fast, so reserve your space early!

Performances at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark, on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2pm and 7:30pm.

 

Get Paid to Do Fun Activities with Adults Who Experience Disabilities

Would you like to get paid to do fun activities with adults who experience disabilities?

Then UCP has the perfect job for you!

As a "Community Inclusion Support Specialist", you'll spend your days helping 1-3 people explore Portland, volunteer, visit local hotspots, pursue their hobbies, and attend festivals and events.

But it's about so much more than fun activities--it's also about helping each person live the life of their dreams, whether that learning new skills, making new social connections, or getting to make their own choices.

Find out more here



An Exciting Job Opportunity: Community Inclusion Program Manager

UCP is pleased to announce a rare and exciting opportunity: the chance to manage an outstanding community inclusion program.

This program assists adults who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities to access the community as independently as possible, to make new social connections, to learn, to grow, and to make choices.

It’s truly about helping each person live the life of their dreams!

Find out more here.

 


UCP Staffer Pens Article for Spokane Living Magazine

Click the link below to read a recently published article from Spokane Living Magazine, on the state of employment in the inland northwest region of Oregon for people experiencing developmental disabilities.  The piece was written by UCP Employment Solutions, Employment Specialist, Paul K. Haeder.

Source:  Haeder, Paul K., (2015, April), MetroTalk.  Retrieved from http://www.spokanecda.com


Want to Work With Kids?

Would you love a part-time job working with inspiring kids who experience disabilities?

We're currently seeking several new Children's Support Professional positions. These are great jobs for students or people with busy lives because in most cases the hours are flexible. 


As a Children’s Support Professional, you will work in the family's home, helping each kid to live fun and fulfilling lives, and giving their parents a much-needed break.

Learn more here: united-cerebral-palsy-of-oregon-sw-washington.workable.com/.

 


Fierce Love

UCP Family Support Director Susan Cushman featured in Fierce Play! - REPEAT PERFORMANCES AUGUST 16, 2015 - ONE DAY ONLY!!!


Six mothers gathered for ten weeks to share and write about their lives, families, experiences and especially their journeys with their children who have cerebral palsy.

Their writings have been turned into a theater production.  "Fierce Love" is authentic riveting, and inspiring. These mothers share their hopes, life truths, and admit their biggest fears in their messy, broken, and brilliantly beautiful lives.

Directed by Erica Terpening-Romeo and Heath Hyun Houghton
Facilitated by Heath Hyun Houghton and Erica Terpening-Romeo

click this link to read the Portland Tribune review of Fierce Love

click this link to read The Crippled Critic's review of Fierce Love

  • WHEN:
  • Sunday, August 16, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
  • WHERE: Milagro Theatre - 525 Southeast Stark Street, Portland, OR 97214 
  • COST: $30 general admission, $20 UCP Members 
  • TICKET INFORMATION: (503) 459-4500 or www.wellarts.org


 


The 2014 Family Support Conference was a Great Success!

The 16th Family Conference on Cerebral Palsy and Developmental
Disabilities was a roaring success.  Held October 24th and 25th
in Portland, nearly 150 parents, self-advocates, vendors, presenters,
and staff came together for two days of speakers, workshops, and
connections. The vendors were “generous with their time” and a
“great resource.” 

Our keynote speaker; Julie Keon shared “Ten Pearls of Wisdom
Gained in Ten Years” with the group.  One mom wrote “it was a great
opening topic…allowed me to connect, feel accepted, and that I was
among friends who share my struggle.” Another said that Julie’s words
went “straight to my heart.”

In addition, there were 14 workshops on such topics as
Low & High Tech Communication; Adaptive Play/Recreation;
Custom Orthotics; K Plan; Treatments for CP; Sibling Support; and
the usuals: Parents Panel; Growing Up with CP.

Here are some remarks from Julie’s afternoon workshop on
“how to stay resilient for the long haul”:  “we have to make self-care
a priority, without making it an added stress”; “it takes a metropolis
to raise a child with medical fragility”; “we take 28,000 breaths a day;
if shallow, our body thinks we’re in an emergency”.  She really focused
on the importance of deep breathing.


The Family Support Conference is held bi-annually (every other year).
Plans are already underway for our October 2016 conference.
If you missed this year’s, you want to be sure to attend the next one.

Feedback about the conference was very positive.  Here are some comments from attendees:

  • As a professional it was amazing to see how many families were attending.

  • It will impact me greatly. I always love to learn and really be a part of the CP community.

  • I made some great connections with the vendors.

  • Great resources in adaptations to play workshop.

  • We will keep in touch with new contacts for sure.

  • Increased sense of pride in the community; we obtained ideas to build on and apply for the future.

  • The opportunity our daughter had to be a presenter gave her a confidence boost that will help in all areas of hers and our lives.

  • I learn more about being a parent of a child/young adult with cerebral palsy each year I come.

  • Great opportunities to talk with people and connect with other parents with children with the same level of function.

  • I loved the support and openness of everyone. There was a great sense of community.


UCP's Annual Awards are Coming! - Nominations are now being accepted - Deadline is Sept. 24th at 11:45 am!

We are now accepting nominations for UCP’s 2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet. 

You can use use the link below to nominate people or companies in 8 categories: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V5B8ZXR or download and complete the attached pdf and complete the nomination offline.

The Nomination Categories are as follows:

  • UCP Employee of the Year
  • Choices Person of the Year
  • Supported Living Person of the Year
  • Employment Solutions Employer of the Year
  • Connections Person of the Year
  • Family Support Partner of the Year
  • UCP Volunteer of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Anyone can make a nomination, so feel free to share this link with customers, families, Board members, partners, providers, Personal Agent/Service Coordinators, etc. and encourage them to nominate someone. UCP Managers will select award winners from amongst the nominees.

Don’t delay, the nomination deadline is 11:45pm Wednesday, September 24th. 

 
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The 2014 Walk, Roll 'n' Run Was a Huge Sucess!

Wow!  Another great Walk, Roll ‘n’ Run has passed, and once again, we were delighted with the turnout.

We wish to extend a special "thank you" to all the employees and other volunteers who served on the planning committee, volunteered to help at the event, and who formed team, joined teams, and did fundraising. Thanks to your hard work, at least $98,000 has been raised so far.

Donations are still being accepted through the end of the September; so please click here if you want to help us reach our final goal of raising $100,000.  We are so close!

Also, don't forget to check out event pictures on UCP's Facebook page.


UCP Makes the 100 Best List Again!

We are excited to announce that UCP has once again been named as one of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon for 2014!

We achieved this designation based on our employees’ responses to an annual survey adminstered by Oregon Business magazine, as well as our benefits package. We have achieved this designation 5 times now: in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014.

We will learn where exactly we placed during an awards ceremony on October 1st.

Thanks to all the wonderful employees who made this designation possible! You are truly what makes UCP great.

 

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Jeff Had a Great Time at "Steam Up"

    • Jeff and Sue at the Steam-Up

 

On Saturday, August 2nd, one of the people supported by UCP's supported living services, Jeff, went to the Great Oregon Steam-Up in Brooks, Oregon.

Jeff was able to attend with a little assistance from his caseload manager, Sue. Together, they had a great time looking at the old tractors, engines and a sawmill. They learned about the different steam engines and how they worked

Jeff enjoyed talking with the old-timers there about their tractors. He got to watch as corn was ground into cornmeal, and later purchased a  5 lb bag of freshly ground cornmeal--we suspect there will be a whole lot of cornbread in Jeff's future!

Best of all, Jeff got to see a "Ferguson" tractor, which is the same kind of tractor that he rode with his dad when he was young and living on their farm.

 

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Nominations Now Being Accepted For UCP's Annual Awards

As you may know, UCP presents Annual Awards to individuals, groups, and companies who have made a significant impact on the UCP community.

This year, we are redesigning our awards program, and we would love your input, whether you receive UCP services, work for UCP, or partner with us in some other way.

You can participate by visiting this link (which will take you to a very brief survey). Thanks for your help!

 

We look forward to presenting our revised awards at this year’s Annual Meeting on Friday, October 24, 2014 during the Family Support Conference at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport.

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10th Annual Walk, Roll 'n' Run - September 6, 2014

Registration NOW Open!

10th Annual Walk, Roll ‘n’ Run
September 6, 2014


This year we will be celebrating 10 years of the Walk, Roll 'n' Run!  We are excitedly planning for this momentous day and hope you can join us!

It is always a wonderful day spent with family, friends and the community as we raise awareness and the funds needed for the Family Support Department here at UCP.

Register at www.walkrollnrun.org to sign up, form a team, join a team or support an individual!  We have a big goal of $100,000 to meet for our 10th year and every bit helps!   

We are always looking for wonderful sponsors, to help to make this fun and meaningful day in the community special for all.  If you know of a business that would like to join our list of sponsors and help us reach our fundraising goal, have them view the sponsor packet by clicking here or email Kerry Pinney, Development Coordinater at  for more information.

Watch the new video to see the fun had by all over the last 9 years and don’t be left out of the fun as we celebrate 10 years of the Walk, Roll ‘n’ Run!  

Want To Find Out More?

Contact Kerry Pinney, Development Coordinator, at 503-777-4166 x353 or by .

 

UCP Is Adding Children's Services!

As you may know, UCP is often called a “one stop shop” for adults who experience developmental disabilities because we operate an adult support services brokerage, adult employment services, adult inclusive recreation, and adult independent living services.

Now, UCP is excited to announce that we are expanding our supports to include in-home services for children who experience developmental disabilities and are funded through the K Plan.

To get our new Children's Services off the ground, UCP is hiring a Children's Supports Manager.

The Children’s Services Manager will be reponsible for evaluating and monitoring service needs, analyzing administrative rules and developing compliant policies, marketing the new service, managing contracts, hiring and managing direct support employees, liaising with families, and providing quality assurance. 

To find out more about this exciting new position, go here.


T-shirt Design Contest for the 10th Anniversary of Walk, Roll 'n' Run

This year we are asking for YOU to design the 2014 Walk, Roll 'n' Run t-shirt! See complete details for the t-shirt design contest by clicking on the pdf below. There is a $100 gift certificate in it for the winner along with the joy of seeing your design on hundreds of people around town!

Submissions Due - Friday, March 14th!