Thanks to a generous donation of complimentary admission tickets from the Oregon Auto Dealers Association, a large group of Choices Program and Supported Living customers along with their UCP support staff were able to attend and explore the 2013 Portland International Auto Show. This year’s show was packed with activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy and participate.
Performance Mobility (also friends of UCP) partnered with the Auto Show this year to design a ‘Mobility Zone’ showcasing specialized mobility equipment, accessible vans, trucks, and even motorcycles to reinforce the idea that despite barriers limiting a person’s physical abilities; there are tools available to live an active, fulfilling life without limits! One UCP customer, Ed M., was especially grateful for the opportunity to attend. As a lifelong hot rod and vintage classic car enthusiast Ed was all smiles for days leading up to and following the event.
We would like to extend special thanks to Greg Remensperger, Executive Vice President of Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association, and Jeff Fishback, Auto Show Director, for all of their hard work and dedication to this event and for exemplifying the kind of leadership and thinking that promotes full inclusion for all people within our communities and community based events.
UCP believes that everyone has the right to live in their own house or apartment, so we provide supported living services to over eighty adults who experience disabilities. Meet one of the people we support: Karen.
Karen loves her independence and she loves living in her own apartment. But she finds it tough to make plans or cook meals, and she becomes disoriented easily. So she is partnering with UCP's employees to learn new skills to increase her independence. She's also learning to make and follow a weekly schedule.
Another of Karen's big goals is to make new friends in her apartment building--a tricky task for her, since she is naturally shy. With a little encouragement from UCP, Karen found the courage to begin attending a weekly exercise class that takes place in her apartment building. At first, Karen relied on her staff to facilitate her interactions at the class, but as time went on Karen took the lead, and now she has several friends.
Her new-found confidence is also helping her feel comfortable leaving the apartment building. Once upon a time, Karen was afraid to leave the building--she was worried that someone might take it away if she said or did the wrong thing. Today, Karen ventures out all the time. She's making new friends and learning new skills and loving her life.
Below, you will find the results of the 2012 UCP Recognition Awards. The awards were presented at the Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Family Conference on November 2nd
Congratulations to all of the 2012 honorees!
UCP supports adult with disabilities so that they can live in their own houses and apartments. One of the things our staff do in this program is to support people to take trips and vacations.
Recently, a person we support (Brenda) and her Personal Assistant (Margaret) took an exciting trip.
Here is what Margaret has to say about their adventures:
It was around Mother’s Day that Brenda got the idea to take a trip to Central Oregon. She said she’d like to visit Madras, Bend, and Sisters. Maybe even Prineville.
In early June we loaded up the Suburu and headed east on Highway 26. We decided to listen to some 80’s music with lots of keyboards. “Keyboards, keyboards, keyboards!” Brenda exclaimed. (Brenda has been known to rock out on the keyboards pretty hard, given the opportunity.)
Our first stop was in Sandy, where we perused a thrift shop run by friendly older folks. Brenda purchased some videos. Then we went to the Chamber of Commerce, where Brenda gathered pamphlets and local newspapers, two things that Brenda loves to collect. Next we stopped at the Ranger Station and took Brenda’s picture with Smokey.
Nearby, an Information Center beckoned. We found it to be full of maps and more pamphlets. We hit the road once more, crossing over Mt. Hood and into the rain shadow. Our next stop was Warm Springs. There, we happened upon a most intriguing thrift store. Brenda purchased some DVDs and we moved on.
We pressed on to Madras. Naturally, we stopped at the Visitors’ Center (more pamphlets!), and then did a walkabout, during which Brenda admired the local flora. She picked a couple of desert blooms, stopping to sniff them every so often for the rest of the walk.
An hour later we were in Bend, the bustling metropolis of the High Desert. It was beautiful, and also quite a bit colder than we had anticipated. We bundled up and walked around the downtown area, where Brenda chose to dine at the McMenamins Old St. Francis School. It was crowded and loud with the Friday night dinner rush, but Brenda seemed right at home there. Her many years spent working at another McMenamins, The Kennedy School, showed in the ease with which she navigated the space.
The time had come to return to our homeland in the west. We stopped to visit the cows, to pick sage, and to watch the sun setting behind the buttes before driving home.
Now we’re busying thinking about a trip to Sisters and Salem.