To UCP Employees, Customers, and Community Partners:
UCP stands against racism, and stands behind justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black women and men who have lost their lives.
UCP’s mission is to lift up, support and advocate for and with people with disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable in our community. Many of the people we support and employ are also Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and as such at greater risk of violence and harm.
UCP believes all humans should feel safe and supported by our organization. We will not tolerate inequality, injustice, or exclusivity of any kind in our community. The time is now to assure that extends specifically to the Black people we support and work alongside.
There is so much more to say, so much more to do, individually and as a community.
As Adrienne Maree Brown says,
All the big things that we are longing for are made up of a lot of small, personal, radical, brave choices.
We can do it. Together.
We have also partnered with a few local provider agencies to acquire a few deals. And, as needed, our Executive Director, Ann, makes weekly trips in her truck to pick up and distribute orders.
And we have, so far, been able to keep our employees "whole."
We still need your help, though... more than ever! Thanks for your support!
MAKE A FACE MASK
Do you have sewing skills? UCP Oregon is in crucial need of face masks. You can make one quickly and easily by following the instructions below.
We are in critical need of the following. Please donate:
HOW TO DONATE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS/MASKS
Items can be dropped off at (or mailed to) the UCP Oregon Office, which is located at 305 NE 102nd Ave, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97220.
Currently our front office hours are 10am to 3pm, Monday-Friday. Please call 503-777-4166 to confirm those times have not changed, or if you have any questions.
If you have a large quantity of items to donate, we may be able to pick them up depending on your location. Please email or call 503-777-4166.
FROM THE DESK OF ANN COFFEY,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF UCP OREGON
Dear customers, family members, providers, and community partners,
I want to update you about how UCP Oregon is navigating the impact of COVID-19. We are taking into consideration the variety of risks and support needs of the 500+ people we support; their families; and their service providers (including 200+ UCP Oregon employees).
We are here and accessible, but we’re shifting how we engage with the people we support in an effort to protect those who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
The following strategies are in place, effective immediately until further notice:
A Note for Customers and Families:
Figuring out how to take care of yourself and your loved ones can cause fear, anxiety, and stress. Breathe deep, ask for support, make a contingency plan, and check in with yourself and others.
Don’t hesitate to reach out for help. If you—whether you are a customer, a family member, or an employee—feel like you need additional support during the next few weeks, please reach out to your personal agent, case manager, supervisor, department director, or UCP’s Executive Director.
And, finally, don’t forget the basics! Wash your hands. Maintain a 6’ perimeter. Cover your cough. Take care of each other. We are all in this together--we will get through this!
UCP Oregon Executive Director
FROM THE DESK OF ANN COFFEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hello, UCP employees, customers, families, board members, and community partners.
I am pleased to announce UCP Oregon’s Agency goals for the years 2020-2023:
These goals are customer-driven, and were created using the feedback from customer focus groups, UCP Oregon employees, UCP Oregon’s leadership team, and Board of Directors.
I’ve been employed by UCP since 2003, and been privileged to participate in strategic planning throughout the years. However, these goals are particularly near and dear to my heart, as they have incorporated customer feedback in a manner which supports UCP’s values of self-direction like never before. I look forward to supporting all of us to implement them in our work lives!
Ann Coffey, Executive Director