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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: The mission of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania, Inc., a 501 (c)( 3), non-profit charitable organization, is to assist infants, children, youth, and adults, with disabilities, and their families, achieve their goals of development, growth, independence, and full citizenship.

Target demographics: people of all ages and abilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: by providing both community and center-based programs and services to nearly 3,800 individuals with disabilities and their family members.

Geographic areas served: Centre, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northern York, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties

Programs: Services for Children, Youth, & Families UCP Central PA Provides Wide Ranging Services for Children of All Abilities Services for Adults with Physical Disabilities UCP’s Community Support Services Provide Comprehensive Services for Adults Aged 18-59 with a Physical Disability Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities UCP Central PA Provides a Vast Network of Support for Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities Services for Seniors UCP Central PA Provides In-Home Care and Service Coordination for Seniors

Community Stories

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are beyond grateful for UCP's Friday Night Respite services! My boys get to do something fun, and my husband and I get the break we need. The program is unique in that it takes all ages and siblings, too. The staff are amazing - they are truly passionate about what they do and always make it a welcoming, fun environment for the kids. They're experienced with the type of behaviors my boys might have, so we can have peace of mind when we're out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My youngest son first received services from UCP 3 years ago. A developmental therapist came to our home once a week. I was impressed right away by how she was able to get my son to open up and actually try things (which were cleverly disguised as fun!). Eventually, my son started attending the inclusive preschool program at UCP's Capital Area Children's Center. A shy boy with speech delay graduated the program to enter kindergarten with great social skills and is up to speed with the other kids and beyond! We are so proud of him and so thankful to UCP! Both my sons have benefited from the Family Services activities, such as the Fall Fun Fair and Dance Night.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family has relied on UCP Central PA for years, participating in several of their programs. The Friday night respite care has been one of the most important programs. It is otherwise practically impossible to get reliable care for a child with special needs for some respite time. My son loves attending, and I know he’s in caring, trained hands! We use it on a regular basis and encourage others to use it as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know what we'd do without UCP's respite! This is a place where my son with autism is completely accepted and well-cared for, and my "neuro-typical" son has a great time with friends as well. It is very difficult to find people to care for a special needs child, so when we learned about UCP's respite program, we were thrilled. We've used it for years and both our boys still love "respite night"! We parents get to spend a few peaceful, uninterrupted hours out on the town! Thank you, UCP, for this amazing program and to all the workers who make it possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

UCP Central PA has been amazing for our family. Our youngest son attends Sibshop and gets so much out of that program. He has learned he's not alone in the struggle of dealing with a sibling who has autism. He has gained friends and a greater sense of confidence. Our family has attended many UCP sponsored programs like Family Fun Fair, picnics, and movie nights. These are all great programs to enjoy in an accepting and nonjudgmental atmosphere. We are very grateful for all UCP has done for the betterment of our family unit.

1 Christina F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Daily caring for 4 ASD kids + 1 typical kid: exhausting
Preparing kids for an outing: tears and stress
Driving kids in van for an hour to reach UCP respite: hair-pulling madness
Date night with my husband knowing that my children are safe and properly cared-for: PRICELESS.

I can not begin to express how much UCP's respite program has done for my family. It is incredibly hard to be a care-giver for someone with disabilities. I love my children deeply, but my energy and patience are taxed to the max daily. It is because of this program my husband and I get the break and space we need to continue our labor of love as parents. I know that while I am out, my children's specific needs will be met. I know the staff working with them are capable and have experience with many behaviors. I don't have to worry if my children are going to have problems because these staff are so loving, giving and capable... my children had no problems accepting this new environment and, after a number of years, are never bored and enjoy going. Thank you for providing this phenomenal service!

Shawn Wright L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son receives services from UCP's LifeFit program and he LOVES it! His trainer takes him to the YMCA twice a week where they work on strength training and cardio. Last week they participated in the Insane Inflatable 5 K together! We always know when they return home...you can hear them jamming out in the car to the loudest music ever! Awesome program!! Awesome Agency!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent the summer of 2017 working as an intern for their Camp Hill office. Excellent staff. Supportive environment. Ample learning opportunities. All-around experience.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am fortunate to receive donations of gently used Durable Medical Equipment from residents and families here at Bethany Village when they no longer need them. It's wonderful to have a program like Changing Hands at UCP where I know these items will be refurbished and distributed to clients in the community who greatly benefit from them. I am glad to partner with Jackie Wardle and her team to make this happen.
John Bowen, Director of Social Services

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been receiving services from UCP for many years. I have had the same coach for Lifefit for 6 years and she is the best LifeFit coach ever. My first hab aide helped me to get back into horseback riding, after not riding for 20 years. She helped me to become friends with people at the barn. I am very grateful for what she did. She and my other hab aides help me with cooking, reading, cleaning, and budgeting my spending money. My job coach at UCP trained me on how to use the office shredder. I really like everyone who has worked with me in the past and all those who are working with me now! Everyone is very nice and supportive.

ExecDir M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are fortunate to have peer agencies such as UCP Central PA in our area!! We work together to network resources for local persons. UCP is a great organization to work with and they help so many people!

hjwizkid

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As both a volunteer and a client served by UCP of Central PA, I feel privileged to be a part of this organization. UCP has always been there for me. As a college student, I interned at the local office and found great joy in doing so. This is an essential organization for so many!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked as intern for UCP of Central PA for the last two summers. I must say both internships were quite rewarding experiences. Not only was I included at every staff meeting during my stint at UCP, but also I was made to feel like I was an essential part of the team. I felt like my thoughts and opinions were deeply considered and appreciated when expressed. Both internships gave me great confidence in myself and to be expose to the working world. I saw I could make a difference in the lives of individuals, some who have disabilities similar to my own, mainly through my words.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

UCP's staff makes it an incredible enterprise. The service providers and support staff are very dedicated to their work.

1 John414

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for UCP Central PA for almost 20 years and have always felt that it is an outstanding organization. From the Board down to the folks providing services to the consumers and everywhere in between they are focused on improving the lives of their consumers. Over the years I have recruited many others to the UCP Central PA cause, and they have routinely thanked me. I am always proud to be associated with this fine organization!

1 Jessica313

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in several volunteer opportunities through UCP - all of which have been wonderful experiences both for the participants and volunteers. UCP provides fantastic services to the local community. It is always a pleasure to be involved with such an awesome organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

UCP offers a variety of events for families with children with disabilities. Our favorites are Family Fun Fair, Bowling, Monkey Jones and Christmas crafts. They are a wonderful opportunity for us to come in contact and maintain old friendships with other families that have kids with disabilities. The kids love these events, because they are a lot of fun, with a lot of attention for the little ones and low expectations for their performance.

1 Rhonda29

Client Served

Rating: 5

We want to thank all the support you have given our family. Our family goes to all the family Activities, its a great way to meat families that have simular issues as you might have, they might know something you dont and pass it on to you. Its a great way to get more resorces and have fun with the family at the same time. My kids get to do things that they might not get to do other wise.

so thank you from the bottom of my heart, you make my kids smile and have fun

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The children that I am raising all have special needs and UCP gives them opportunity to do things as a family to enjoy activities with out being hindered thank you very much.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been attending their family activities for the last 2 years and i find it and the people working behind the scenes to be a welcome break. my son who is now 6 1/2 has high functioning ASD and ADD and sometimes being out in the community and activities is harder because i have to make sure he is "not jumping all over the place". the family activities set up by UCP have always been fun and a safe zone. my neurotypical younger daughter also always has fun when we go!!! also, when i have reached out to them to ask about books or other help, they have been nice enough to share their own experiences in their own special needs journey.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an AMAZING organization. The ladies I get to interact with really care about these kids. My son gets to attend events that otherwise would be very difficult for him to attend. Their support is tremendous. My daughter attends the SibShops , which is wonderful. She is learning she is not alone, she is not the only one with an autistic brother! That some struggles are the same throughout different families. They have taken great time to get to know my kids! They know them by name, ask about them and genuinely care about them. so refreshing in today’s world. I highly recommend them for all of the services they provide.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love to take my children to events hosted by UCP!! Everyone is SO KIND to us - all of the volunteers and families have been so wonderful. When my children need to have the activity altered or adapted, the volunteers go way out of their way to help make their experience great. We have done bowling, Monkey Joes, and holiday crafts.
THANK YOU!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our daughter uses the respite program at Branch Creek Neighbors in Shippensburg, PA, and we are very thankful for that program. Our daughter enjoys being with the kind staff members that stay with her and my husband and I feel secure, knowing she is safe and happy for the weekend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love coming here to Pathways a new program at UCP because to learn new things like how to use money in different ways. Helping me to become independent to live on my own someday. coming here to Pathways I am doing really well on my skills that I wanted to work on before I came like my money skills , social skills , being independent. I really like it here at Pathways.