What a great day we had on our first group outings to Gresham! The day started out with a visit to Fire Station 71, then it was off to Gresham Station Mall to make embossed greeting cards with our new friends at the Craft Warehouse! We rounded out the day by posting our group up at Starbucks to recharge, relax, and hang out with friends!
Thank you to our wonderful hosts for a day well spent in your fine city!
Please join us in welcoming John Goff, UCP’s new Community Services Director. As Community Services Director, John will oversee UCP's supported living and community inclusion ("Choices") services.
John came to us from the east coast, where he served as the Executive Director of a large non-profit that supports adults with disabilities through residential, recreational, and individualized supported employment services. Prior to his work on the east coast, John spent 10 years in Oregon, where he served adults and youth with disabilities in different capacities.
John first became interested in disability issues as a teenager while volunteering at a UCP affiliate in New York. He has dedicated his career to empowering people with disabilities ever since.
John is committed to the mission and values of UCP, and is very excited to have returned to the Northwest community. In his free time, he enjoys exploring Oregon’s outdoor spaces with his wife and two sons, and rock climbing whenever he gets the chance.
Thanks to a generous donation of complimentary admission tickets from the Oregon Auto Dealers Association, a large group of Choices Program and Supported Living customers along with their UCP support staff were able to attend and explore the 2013 Portland International Auto Show. This year’s show was packed with activities for all ages and abilities to enjoy and participate.
Performance Mobility (also friends of UCP) partnered with the Auto Show this year to design a ‘Mobility Zone’ showcasing specialized mobility equipment, accessible vans, trucks, and even motorcycles to reinforce the idea that despite barriers limiting a person’s physical abilities; there are tools available to live an active, fulfilling life without limits! One UCP customer, Ed M., was especially grateful for the opportunity to attend. As a lifelong hot rod and vintage classic car enthusiast Ed was all smiles for days leading up to and following the event.
We would like to extend special thanks to Greg Remensperger, Executive Vice President of Metro Portland New Car Dealers Association, and Jeff Fishback, Auto Show Director, for all of their hard work and dedication to this event and for exemplifying the kind of leadership and thinking that promotes full inclusion for all people within our communities and community based events.
It is our pleasure and honor to announce this year’s UCP Employee of the Year.
The award was presented today to Mackenzie Fowler, Administrative Specialist.
Many people will know Mackenzie for her work at the Front Desk, but you may not know that she has been instrumental in rolling out UCP’s new computers this year, and that she also handled many details of UCP’s move. For all these things and more, she was the overwhelming nominee for Employee of the Year.
Ann Coffey has been selected as the next Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington, following a national search.
“Ann is the perfect person for the position,” said current (and soon to be retiring) Executive Director, Bud Thoune. “As UCP's Community Services Director, she has been responsible for driving our values for nearly a decade and has great business sense. I look forward to working with Ann in a new venture, that of transitioning her in and myself out of this position I have enjoyed since 1978. Please join me in congratulating and supporting her.”
As Community Services Director, Ann Coffey has gained the respect of the DD Community. She has doubled our business, reinvigorated Supported Employment, and established our Brokerage. Now she will bring that same energy to the position of Executive Director.
Executive Director, Bud Thoune, and Family Support Director, Susan Cushman, were recently interviewed for Entercom Radio's program, Metroscope.
If you want to hear the broadcast, try the following times and stations:
Or check out the Metroscope schedule.