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Fall 2014 Newsletter
UCP of the North Bay is dedicated to enhancing the quality of
life of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities,
their families, and their communities.
About Us
 
UCP of the North Bay believes that individuals with even the most challenging disabilities have the right to quality education and transition services; integrated employment opportunities with competitive wages and career opportunities; accessible recreation programs; and access to local, affordable, and safe housing. We also promote full inclusion in community life by providing resource and referral, advocacy, and community integration services.
 
Our primary service areas are:
  • Employment Services and Supported Employment
  • Education and Transition Services
  • Therapeutic Recreation
 
Watch the UCP of the North Bay video above, created by Special Affects filmmaker Steve Gatlin and his video class students at Cypress School.
Margaret's Bookmarks
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        HealthDay Article on Autism
        UCP SmartBrief
Wine Cave Gala 2015
Tickets still available!

UCP of the North Bay's annual fundraiser, Wine Cave Gala, will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the beautiful Deerfield Ranch Winery.
 
 
Included in the festivities, guests will:
  • Experience the Deerfield Ranch Winery in the heart of Sonoma County, with award winning, certified organic clean wine
  • Enjoy wine tasting, appetizers, and socializing
  • Experience a five-course wine pairing dinner in the Wine Cave's "Grand Room"
  • Mingle with "UCP Ambassadors" from our various programs
  • Bid on extraordinary silent auction items
  • Receive an exclusive guest Swag Bag
Click here for more information.  Tickets still available!
 
The Title "Cabernet" Sponsorship is still available and includes exclusive, customized marketing benefits.  Click here to see all sponsorship packages.  If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor for this event, email us at gala@ucpnb.org; 415-307-5896.  Thank you to our current corporate sponsors:
 
 
Our annual Grapes & Gratitude reception was held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Jacuzzi Winery in Sonoma.   Each year we look forward to this event to connect with our community and reaffirm our mission to help improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
 
 
We were especially thrilled to hold our first Gratitude Awards ceremony presenting the Employer of the Year recognizing business partners whose exceptional activities, achievements and dedication exemplify our mission to educate, advocate and provide support services to ensure a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities.  These businesses support our four main programs and span Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties.  Each workplace has made an outstanding contribution to employing people with disabilities.
 
UCP of the North Bay was proud to honor these exceptional businesses for their efforts to create an inclusive work environment that recognizes abilities, not differences. These four business partners set an impressive standard offering dignified employment to people with disabilities and helping to make a significant shift in our cultural views. We congratulate our wonderful partners.
 
Click below to watch the Employer of the Year video that premiered at Grapes & Gratitude.
 
 
Margaret Farman, UCP of the North Bay CEO presented the awards:
 
 
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For Napa County: Sutter Home/Trinchero Family Estates for providing employment to employees with disabilities at WineBev Services. 
 
Mike Lisenko, President of Business Operations at WineBev Services and WineBev/Sutter crewmember Paolo Bernardo presented the award to Tony Torres, Principal and Senior VP of Administration at Trinchero Family Estates.
 
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For Solano County; Unique Recycling for providing employment to employees with disabilities at Gone For Good. 
 
Dennis Blong, President of Business Operations at Gone For Good and GFG crewmember Roxane White presented the award to Diann Sorenson, President and CEO, and Deedra Coleman, senior team member of Unique Recycling.
 
 
 
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For Sonoma County: CamelBak for providing student apprenticeships to Cypress School. 
 
Laura Briggin, Director of Cypress School and student Will Hansen, presented the award to Kerri Tuuri, VP of Human Resources and Dave Carr, Category Manager at CamelBak.

 
 
 
 
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For Sonoma County: Friedman's Home Improvement for providing jobs to supported employment participants from OADS.  
 
Elizabeth Clary, President of Business & Program Development at OADS presented the award to Friedman's Home Improvement: Barry Friedman, President and CEO; Lynn Ichinaga, Director of Human Resources; and Pat Carpenter, Store Manager for the Petaluma store.
 
 
 
Margaret Farman was thrilled to present the Volunteer of the Year to Dr. Steve Lohrer. This award recognizes and honors an individual who has advanced UCP of the North Bay's mission through his/her volunteer time and efforts and has been a support to the organization’s staff. 
 
Dr. Steve Lohrer has been a member of our Board since October 2008, and accepted the Chair nomination in April 2010.  Under Steve’s tenure, we have been able to add WineBev Services' current Napa facility and the expansion of the Community-Based Program, Gone For Good, OADS, and Cypress Primary School and the purchase of our second school campus.  We have grown from serving 70 to over 700 children and adults with disabilities and their families. Steve has overseen the organic evolution of our services and is a leader, ensuring community needs are met.
   
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Grapes & Gratitude Calendar & Note Cards
On Sale While Supplies Last!
 
2015 Calendar and Note Cards are now for sale.  The Grapes & Gratitude 2015 Calendar and the corresponding note cards are made up of beautiful art created by our students from Cypress School, and our employees with disabilities from Gone For Good, OADS and WineBev Services.
 
Click here to order today!  These make wonderful gifts!
 
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Boost Camp Fundraiser
Saturday, October 11, 2014
 
Article Image "Dinner in the Garden", a fundraiser benefiting Boost Camp will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Winter Creek Estate Gardens in Santa Rosa.  Click here to buy tickets!
 
Thank you to Meta Lightfoot, Katie Lightfoot, and Cheri Olhiser for putting on this event.
Animation Access!
A Disney Event for the Autism Community in San Francisco
 
Article Image UCP of the North Bay is excited to let you know that the Walt Disney Family Museum is starting Animation Access! for the autism and special needs community.  It is a series of programs with two free family movie nights on October 16 & 17, 2014.
 
Animation Access! programs are designed to introduce children and young adults affected by autism to The Walt Disney Family Museum.  The museum's Open Studio will be available that evening.  It has drop-in drawing activities for all ages, stages and abilities, including stop motion animation, creative storytelling, inking and painting animation cells.
 
Register today and submit your vote to select what Disney classic animated film will screen.  The advanced registration is required for insuring that the event is not over subscribed.
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All family members and siblings welcome.  On Thursday, October 16, ages 4 to 14 are welcomed and on Friday, October 17, ages 14 and over are welcomed.  Click the blue card for information on registration.  For any questions, please call or email Natalie Mann at 415-345-6808 or nmann@wdfmuseum.org.
 
Life Without Limits Recreation Academy
Annual Awards Banquet held at Doubletree Hotel
 
Recreation is the heart and soul of UCP of the North Bay.  We hold six camps each summer, supporting a variety of ages and abilities.  Our second annual awards banquet was held on Thursday, August 14, 2014, honoring 12 campers from UCP of the North Bay's recreation programs.
 
Click here to see all the camper award pictures.
 
Click image below to watch video presentation.
 
 
Thank you to the sponsors of the "Life Without Limits" Recreation Awards Program:

                     
Cypress School
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Cypress Primary and Secondary Schools teach children, ages 5-22 with autism, special education and behavioral needs that public schools are not able to meet.
 
Cypress Schools provide personalized curriculum and learning for children with autism and similar disabilities.  All of this is done on a foundation of love and respect for the individual skills of every student.
 
Our unique approach includes:
  • Communication, social and sensory regulation curriculum and therapists with special attention to positive behavior supports.
  • Focus on functional academics, adapted technology and community-based living and vocational skills.
  • Individualized learning teams include student/family, educators and therapists.
  • Designed classrooms provide individual, small group and therapy environments for learning.
Click here to see the Cypress School calendar.
 
Cypress "First"
 
Surfing the Spectrum
 
This summer, Cypress School joined Natalie Pepper's Spectrum Surf Camp for individuals with special needs, giving all our students opportunities to hit the waves.  Cypress videographer, Steve Gatlin, reached out to NBC News, inviting them to the beach to check out this amazing camp.  They filmed some great surfing, as well as interviewed Natalie, Cypress Director Laura Briggin, and some of our Cypress surfers.  This was a "First" for each of the Cypress students and many of the staff that participated.
 
Click here to watch the story that aired on Tuesday, August 19, on NBC Bay Area News.
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Professional Growth at UCP of the North Bay
Celebrating Promotions
 
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Nathan Yates was hired in June of 2011 as Cypress School Assistant Director and teacher of Classroom 3.  Nate has just been promoted to full time Assistant Director, supporting Laura Briggin and all of Cypress School.  Nathan has 16 years experience teaching students with autism.  He holds his Master's in Special Education, and was mentored by Pamela Wolfburg for his autism specialty.
 
 
 
 
 
Article ImageJennifer Whalen was promoted to our Recreation Director at UCP of the North Bay. Jen has worked at UCPNB four years, directed three camps and is familiar with many of our campers. Jen understands the importance of recreation and is enthusiastic about it's impact on the lives of people with disabilities. Jen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and has worked in the field for 14 years.
 
 
 
 
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In December 2013, Erin Bertulfo was promoted from Program Leader at WineBev Services to Administrative Assistant I in our Business & Accounting Department. In addition to Erin's strong work ethic and attention to detail, she holds an undergraduate degree in Economics. In September 2014, Erin was promoted again to Senior Administrative Assistant.
 
 
 
Article ImageIn September 2014, Jenny Huff was promoted from Assistant Program Coordinator to Program Coordinator of the Community-Based Program at WineBev Services.  Jenny has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies & Planning and is working toward a degree in Management.
 
 
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In July 2014, Ann Elias was promoted from Project Manager to Development Director. Ann has been instrumental in significantly growing UCP of the North Bay’s support base through her efforts to share our mission and services with the communities we serve. As Director, Ann will manage UCP of the North Bay’s Development Plan and oversee our year-end campaign and annual events like Grapes and Gratitude and the Wine Cave Gala. Ann also supports completion of many other projects of the organization.
 
 
 
Congratulations to our staff!
 
In Memory
 
Article Image We honor the life and mourn the loss of Tom Farrell, age 88.  Tom was the second Board President of UCP of the North Bay (then UCP Sonoma) back in the early 1970's.  For over 60 years Tom advocated for people with disabilities in Sonoma County and across the country.  He will be missed.

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