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No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk

Is COVID19 getting in the way of your social life? Do you love visiting relatives in San Francisco? Have you watched all four seasons of Riverdale in one week to fend off the home-bound blues? If you said yes to any of these questions, then you have a lot in common with Kris O’Keefe, a student at American River College and a volunteer at UCP whom I had the great pleasure of interviewing.

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Laying the Foundation for Future Success

We have all heard the adage that “it’s better to give than to receive.” In fact, research has shown that spending money on others puts a bigger smile on your face than spending it on yourself. And after years of seeing how your donations put smiles on our clients’ faces, we know it’s true!

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Giving Our Clients a Voice and a Choice

What are your dreams? What are your goals? What makes you happy? You have probably spent your entire life hearing these questions and making decisions based on your answers. But for individuals with disabilities, they may never be asked these questions.

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UCP Family Respite and COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been eye opening and stressful for everyone. It has us all rethinking how we go about our daily lives – from how we work and shop to how we handle our basic daily household tasks. While we all feel the impact of the virus, those caring for an individual with a developmental disability are finding these times even more challenging.

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Love Goes A Long Way

Takeitha and Matteo’s story:When Takeitha heard the diagnosis that her 19-month-old son Matteo (Teo for short) had cerebral palsy, she did not know how to handle it at first. She led a perfectly healthy lifestyle so she could not understand why her...

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UCP Helps Families Stay Together

Having 4 children of varying ages has its obvious challenges.  And when two of those children have developmental disabilities, the challenges become a little bigger, the hurdles a little higher, and the need for a positive outlook a little more...

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Finding Funding for the Future

Scholarships and Financial Aid are Available for Students with Disabilities – Here’s Where to Find ThemSpring. It’s the time of year where high school students are thinking about their future, filling out college applications and traveling across...

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Holiday Donations Make A Difference

When I ask people what they like about UCP many are quick to mention the number of families we help each month, and I must agree, it’s an impressive number. We currently serve 1,940 families per month. You understand the importance of a healthy...

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What Happens When You Donate to UCP

Having the ability to give to a cause can be empowering. By donating to something you believe in, you can positively impact the lives of others. Let’s be honest – it’s a great feeling to know you’ve helped someone in need. But sometimes, when you...

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Meet Arlen Orchard

Meet Arlen Orchard Former Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, SMUD UCP's 2021 Humanitarian of the Year Arlen Orchard, who previously served as SMUD’s General Counsel, was named Chief Executive Officer and General Manager in April, 2014. He...

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#GiveMomABreak on Giving Tuesday

“We do all the same things that other parents do, but everything is just a little tweaked, a little bigger, a little more thinking ten steps down the road… The Respite has been so helpful for us because let’s be honest, there’s a high divorce rate...

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Racing To Success

“This is John. He just ran the Boston Marathon.”That’s how Vanessa Bieker, mother of John Almeda and founder of Fly Brave, prefers to introduce her son. “Yes, John has nonverbal autism, but that’s not all that he is. John is first and foremost a...

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