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Congrats Laura! - Employee of the Quarter


Congratulations to Laura from Options on winning UCP’s Employee of the Quarter Award! Laura was chosen out of a group of six other outstanding employees. The person who nominated Laura said that she ‘displays consistent investment in not just the well-being of her clients, but their overall happiness and fulfillment in life, and centers the service and support she provides on such a high level of commitment .”

We also would like to congratulate the other five nominees:

Emily at Marquardt for her “ability to turn what may be a challenge for other seems not so much by assisting where it’s needed. She lends a hand with no hesitation and is willing to learn as she goes along. “

Ingrid, Program Director of Cluster One, because “she is someone who often steps up to the plate to volunteer for large and small agency events and day to day tasks and does so with a smile and little thanks. Ingrid is often at the helm of significant medical events and challenges with her consumers and handles these events with ease and professionalism”.

Amanda, Assistant Director of Independent Living, “continued to demonstrate her dedication to “Team Options” in a variety of ways. Throughout the quarter, Amanda selflessly continued to take on extra tasks and cover open cases while we searched for an additional staff person, ensuring that all consumers received the support they need. Amanda has been heavily involved in training two new staff during this quarter, passing along her incredible skill set, dedication, and the heart she puts into the team”.

Alyssa, Case Coordinator of In Home Supports, “has stayed later in the office to ensure deadlines are met and tasks are accomplished. She does not do this for those solely on her caseload, but for others served by the agency as well “.

Gabriella, Day Services SLP, not only without hesitation, but with extreme enthusiasm and commitment she was a key leader in the startup of the Wellness group. She took time out of her evening to continue to work through to lead the Wellness Group at one of our group homes. This is the type of person and UCP staff that she is and that engulfs an awesome work ethic”.

Halloween Without Limits!


It's Time for #HalloweenWithoutLimits Help Us Get the Word Out about UCP's Digital Photo Costume Contest United Cerebral Palsy invites Halloween revelers of all ages to enter #Halloween Without Limits. No one should miss the fun of dressing up for Halloween because they have a disability which may not be accommodated by traditional costumes. So, UCP is encouraging creativity by rewarding costumes designed to work specifically for the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities.

Please invite your supporters and clients to share their most creative, kooky and fun costumes to our Facebook page by tagging @UCPNational and using the hashtag #HalloweenWithoutLimits. Simply share this email, share one of the Facebook posts we are putting up or share a link to our blog post explaining the contest. It doesn’t matter if they're a princess or a pirate, a ghost or a ghoul, as long as their costume accommodates their disability with flair!

Winners will be chosen based on the number of combined "likes", shares and comments on UCP's national Facebook page. There will also be a "Most Creative Costume" chosen by our staff. Photos of children under the age of 18 must be submitted by a parent or guardian.

Thank you for helping get the word out!

How to Enter #HalloweenWithoutLimits:

1. "Like" UCP on Facebook.

2. Upload your photo(s) to our Facebook wall, using the hashtag #HalloweenWithoutLimits (entries without the hashtag won't be counted!)

3. Vote for your favorite photo(s) by "liking", commenting or sharing throughout the month of October! Be sure to share to get votes from family and friends!

4. Wait for the winners to be announced on Facebook on October 31 and notified via direct message. The prize is bragging rights and a feature in UCP's monthly Life Without Limits newsletter in November. We can't wait to see all of the creative and inclusive costume creations!

Thank You!

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Thank you and congratulations to everyone who supported the international Steptember event. I am happy to say that we raised $6000 through the efforts of our participants!

Special thanks to:

Top 3 Funders! Cheers!

Roberta Jaro $1,739.50
Reva Bascom $920.00
Carly Golden $645.00

Top 3 Steppers! High Five!

Roberta Jaro 2,806,641
Reva Bascom 1,194,037
Shawn Rickets 1,143,432

Again, whether you participated in the event or were a member of the cheering squad...thank you!

Let's Get Moving!

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This month UCP of MetroBoston is kicking off a Year of Health and Wellness for our employees and the individuals we support. Each month will have a different theme such as nutrition, stress awareness, or safety and will feature activities, events, and challenges related to that month's theme. September's theme is "Let's Get Moving" and was kicked off with line dancing and parachute games at both the day and residential programs. Our hope is that with an increase in awareness and understanding and by spending some time each month focusing on things we can all do to improve our overall wellness that staff and consumers will be supported to be a part of a happy, healthy UCP community. Now, let's get moving!

For more photos from the kick-off, please visit our Facebook album.

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