Livin' To The Maxx 80's Party Rocks On

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UCP San Diego and the Beach and Country Guild teamed up to present our Livin’ to the Maxx 80’s Party on May 7th at the Belly Up.

Partygoers enjoyed righteous grub and libations while rocking out to 80’s hits from Betamaxx. Live auction items included destination vacations, staycations, as well as sports and music memorabilia. Raffle prizes included sports tickets, a jewelry set by Sette Divini, Tenneli Classic Wedge Sneakers, and a wine class for 20 from Total Wine and More. Jose Zuniga with The Land Stewards won our costume contest for the best 80’s outfit!

It was a bodacious night to remember and raised over $80,000 for UCP’s programs and services for people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Anwil Inc., Carucci Wines, Clairemont Equipment Rental, Doug’s Sweeping, Enterprise Mobility, Equipment Share, Hanes Geo Components, H&E Equipment, The Land Stewards, The Lansing Companies, Labor Finders, Lennar, Otay Sales, Studio 318, Total Site Supply Company, Trench Shoring, and Tim Otto Photography.

UCP also thanks owners Steve Goldberg and Phil Berkovitz from the Belly Up, Beth Bennett – Director of Special Events, and their excellent staff and all the generous supporters that came out to this signature event.

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We serve thousands of people in San Diego County every year through our programs and services.


New Pilot Program: Non-Medical, In Home Respite Care

Our Escondido location has launched an In Home, Non-Medical Respite Program. UCP families living north of Highway 56 up to Fallbrook may be considered for this pilot program. Respite service hours are approved by the San Diego Regional Center, for clients of all ages, and are provided at no cost.

The pilot program, designed by UCP’s Director of Programs, Gill Hennessey, is managed by Respite Program Coordinator Lisa Lipsey. “We are glad to provide this important service to our community and pleased to welcome Lisa, and her wealth of experience. Respite care is essential. It provides consistent, much needed breaks for families with ongoing caregiving responsibilities,” said Hennessey.

Respite hours work best when scheduled on a consistent weekly basis.

If a family is eligible, the San Diego Regional Center will approve between four and 10 hours of respite services per week. UCP’s Respite visits are set up for consistent days and times (i.e. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.) At minimum, a visit is for two hours and our maximum visit is four hours. Respite shifts can be scheduled Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturdays by request. The program is closed on Sundays.

“We will do our best to find a respite routine that works for your family. Our hope is that the rest of the household will take time for themselves. Go shopping, attend to self-care, spend time with your other children, take a walk, or take a nap! Our goal is to bring enrichment and high quality care to our clients, and bring support to family caregivers, all in the safety and comfort of a familiar environment,” said Lipsey.

Select Your Own Caregiver or Use Our Staff Registry

It’s Your Choice! We have two types of Respite Caregivers.

1. UCP Caregiver Registry: Respite care is provided by a caregiver who is employed by UCP.

2. Family-Selected: Respite care is provided by a person selected by the family. They can be a friend or family member, but they cannot reside in the same household as the person receiving respite care. Family-Selected Caregivers agree to pre-employment background checks, and are trained, employed and paid by UCP.

Enrolling in Services

The first step is to contact your service coordinator at the San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) so that they can complete a Respite Assessment for your family.
Once SDRC approves your family for Respite, please contact Lisa at UCP to start the enrollment process. Enrollment includes an initial home visit. “Please feel free to reach out to me with questions about this new program, or if you need support in connecting with your SDRC service coordinator. We are here to help,” said Lipsey.

Contact Lisa at (760) 743-1050 x 113 or email llipsey@ucpsd.org



Our mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people affected by cerebral palsy and other disabilities.


A Resource for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

UCP San Diego is proud to support the effort to develop Start Here, a digital platform to provide parents of children with disabilities with a wide range of critical and comprehensive resources.

Start Here offers caregivers a trusted source for guidance on everything from the basics of cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as managed care advice about how to be an effective advocate for their child. As of 2016, 7.37 million people in the United States had intellectual or developmental disabilities, according to the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota.

Adapt Community Network, our affiliate in New York City, has developed the website in association with United Cerebral Palsy.

“The goal of Start Here is to equip parents and caregivers with a roadmap and guide to getting the best information so they can negotiate what can be an overwhelming and complicated system of services,” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of ADAPT Community Network. “As we expand the site, we will bring additional resources, including informational sessions from experts on a variety of topics affecting the lives of children with differing needs.”

Armando Contreras, president & CEO of United Cerebral Palsy said, “Our world’s diverse and growing population includes an equally diverse and growing community of special needs children and adults. Start Here is meant to offer parents plain-spoken, practical guidance on how best to support their children and care for themselves in the process.”


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Low Cost Internet, Computers Available

High-speed Internet (broadband) access is essential for homework, employment applications, job training, health services, and civic activities.

High-Quality Internet, Desktops and Laptops are available at a reduced cost for low-income and disability households.

For more information, visit Everyone On and Internet For All Now.


Living With Cerebral Palsy

Your support makes it possible for UCP to provide over a dozen programs and services to the disabled community in San Diego County. This video highlights three people in San Diego “Living with Cerebral Palsy."

Imagine a world filled with dreams, choice and freedom, and the promise of a community where each person belongs and contributes. That’s our mission.


Our Corporate and Community Partners

Ways To Help

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Your dollars make a huge difference in the lives of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

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Donate a car, truck, motorcycle, or RV to help provide programs and resources to those we serve. Each vehicle donation helps UCP build a stronger community by advocating for independence and productivity.

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Donate your time. Our success depends on the skills, talents, time and energy of our many volunteers.

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Remember UCP when planning your estate. Your gift will help UCP fulfill its mission and you'll enjoy a wide variety of tax advantages. One charitable gift, a lifetime of benefits.

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Serving San Diego County since 1983, Precision Assembly is a unique business that provides printing, light assembly and mailing services.

Precision Assembly offers quality service to customers and training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Get 10% off your first order.

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Ready Stamps is a unique full service business that can help with stamps, engraving and printing needs.

A division of UCP, Ready Stamps has been providing job training and employment for people with disabilities since 1982.

As a manufacturer, we can provide faster, more reliable service at a better price.

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Get a hot and tasty meal from your locally-owned Papa Johns Pizza San Diego and get 30% off your online order with the code: ucpsd.

AND Papa John’s will also donate an additional 20% to UCP!

Our thanks to Papa John's Pizza San Diego for their continued support for people with disabilities!

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