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.
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.
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.
Both my personal family members in the past, and all my 7th and 8th grade students are supported by UCP.
My older sister was supported until she died from complications of MS in 2006. Not only was she supported by them, so was her family. Her sons and husband owe so much to UCP for all their support and kindness. This is important to note that no other organization offered her and her family support other than pamphlets and to join support groups which she couldn't possibly get to their meetings.
And, my students are supported every year by the awesome ATTITUDES essay contest which not only gives them a voice, but also let's them be encouraged as young writers with a great choice of prompts.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to UCP!
I began working with UCP on a professional level as a vendor filling some of their printing needs years ago. During this time I have come to know many of the wonderful people working there and have learned so much about their mission and the great work they do. Their dedication is amazing, and the stories I've heard of how UCP has changed lives are truly inspirational. I have also volunteered at their annual gift wrap fundraiser, which is a great way to get out and share some holiday "giving" spirit by doing your part for this great organization. I have nothing but positive things to say about everyone I've ever encountered at UCP!
I work as an academic facilitator and advocate for a college student with multiple physical challenges. I became involved with UCP when, despite those challenges, their foundation office offered her an internship during the summers of 2012 and 2013.
The staff at the UCP Foundation office went far above the typical internship duties and assignments. They provided her with challenging and career specific opportunities to contribute to their organizational efforts. She was given the chance to write pieces for their newsletters, and they even used a project she designed as an on-going fund-raiser.
She was accepted and included as an integral part of their staff, included in meetings, and her input was sought on events they were planning. The entire staff provided such a positive experience for her and encouraged her career efforts and confidence more than most people will even know. Thank you to the entire UCP Foundation staff!