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United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Group Homes, Human Services

Mission: United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina, INC., is a nonprofit human services agency whose mission is to positively support and impact the achievement of a life without limits for people with developmental disabilities.

Target demographics: adults with developmental disabilities

Programs: residential and day program supports.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped our family obtain the resources we needed to take care of our son with Cp. They have opened their hearts and have been so wonderful to work with such compassionate people. Thank you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I work with residential programs across the state of South Carolina and I find that UCP has very compassionate staff, a large focus on clients' rights and goals, and a high standard of care. I value their work and trust that all my UCP clients are receiving high quality services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As one of United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina's founding members of the Board of Directors I am very proud of the organizations accomplishments in the community over the past 10 years. They truly do make a difference in the lives of people they serve. It has been my pleasure to Volunteer as a Board Member for UCP for over 35 years in various states. United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina is a Non-profit that provides direct hands on round the clock caring support and services to individuals who have special needs that were usually born with a Developmental Disability. They provide residential support as well as a wonderful Day Program that provides pet therapy, music therapy and other daily activities that enrich the lives of those they serve. United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina employees believe in providing services that allow the individuals served to Live a Life Without Limits.

Melissa Maria J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am moving to SC in 2 months and Brad has been extremely helpful to me, telling me how to go about getting services etc...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

UCP is an amazing organization to be apart of. Not only do they treat their staff and volunteers well, they care for each and every person that walks in the door. It is a true blessing to be apart of this growing organization! Sara and Michelle do a fantastic job coordinating many of the events and partnering with local community service opportunities like USC-Columbia. I am honored to be able to learn and experience the things I have at this organization, and I cannot wait to see what else they have in store!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with UCP of South Carolina for several years now. I started my career over 30 years ago with the United Cerebral Palsy organization in California and have been involved with several UCP's across the US over the past 3 decades. During my work with UCP of South Carolina I have observed a a deep sense of caring and recognition of the value and choices of those people they support! They are a cutting edge organization accepting nothing less than a standard of excellence while maintaining the utmost of dignity and respect for those individuals and families they support.

Carolyn49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Our daughter has Down syndrome and has lived in a UCP SC home for over 6 years. She loves her home , housemates and staff! She has become more independent since living there. Staff take her and her housemates to Sunday School each Sunday and to various activities as well as the day program they all attend and other activities. My husband and I have peace of mi d knowing she is cared far, given the opportunity to function as independently as possible given her mental limitations. This has given us the opportunity to take some good trips knowing that she is cared for and happy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister is 51 years old but mentally age 3. She was always cared for by my father and mother. Daddy died in 1997 and Mama died in 2010. Her death was traumatic and Janie had always lived at home. UCP had a place for her in one of their group homes. Not only do they care for her lovingly and professionally, but have done everything possible to maintain the routines to which she is accustomed. They take her to her Sunday school she has attended for over 35 years as well as her day program. She has grown socially by going on outings, to movies and events at other homes. She cares deeply for the other two ladies with whom she lives. The home is clean and the ladies are fed home cooked meals. Caregivers watch them day and night so I am not concerned about any safety issues. They care for her as if she were a member of their own family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As someone who has taught special education for over 20 years, I have come across various residential and day programs similar to the programs implemented United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina. Only United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina promotes a personal, goal achievement approach for each client The day center allows a creative and recreational alternative to the typical "workshop" environments seen in other day programs for adults with disabilities. I applaud these efforts and can tell that this organization is very concerned with the overall well being of its clients.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Though I do not have any family or friends who use the services at United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina, I have recently attended many of their social fundraising events at various restaurants. Through these social outings I have met compassionate UCP staff, family members of the people served, and the consumers themselves. At these events I have seen the “individual focused” environment of everyone in the organization and the ability of the staff to work together to provide the best possible experiences for the people served. As an outsider, I was unaware of the organization before and now have become a donor myself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student at the University of South Carolina and have volunteered with United Cerebral Palsy this semester. I have had the opportunity to work with clients with disabilities in the day center, where each class is taught by a staff member. The faculty and staff at UCP are very knowledgeable of their clients' health and behavioral problems and are always extremely willing to help others.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am a student volunteer for United Cerebral Palsy and work with the people with disabilities served at the day center. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable about the people they work with. I have been able to do cool activities with the people like playing them on XBox Connect or throwing balls around outside. I really enjoy my time spent there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has been in a UCP training home for 5 plus years. The staff there gives him good care and attention. He is very happy living there with his roommates. I would highly recommend UCP of SC to anyone who needed their services.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered a few times at United Cerebral Palsy this semester, and have taken other students with me (I'm a student at USC). Each time we've come the staff have been very warm and professional, and done everything to make us feel as comfortable as possible while interacting with their clients. Though we've only been for two hours each time, the staff truly seem to care about the clients in their interactions with them; the setup of their day center also allows new volunteers to come in and feel comfortable helping out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a student at the University of South Carolina and I have had several opportunities this year to participate in endeavors at United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina. When I am there to volunteer, I always enjoy spending time with the people served. During the day services at their center, the people with disabilities are able to work on what is most important to each person's growth. I have spent time doing yoga, working on card making, and also playing "hot potato" with the people served there. The staff is genuinely friendly and caring about the people they serve.

Diane51

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed first hand the great growth in services of this organization over many years. The agency carefully plans individualized services for each person served. They are a trail blazer in services to people with developmental disabilities in the state!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the employer an adult served by this organization. I have seen this adult thrive over the past few years as she has grown with her house roommates and staff. She has one particular staff member that she is very fond of and I can see her eyes light up every time this staff member picks her up at the end of her shift. I know that truly she must be developing meaningful relationships there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister lives in the residential housing program in Columbia. We have been SO pleased with her level of care! Everyone there really sems to have not only her best interests at heart, but a genuine care for how she is feeling and growing as a person.