Jefferson City Wing Ding Registration

Jefferson City Wing Ding Registration

Sign up for the Jefferson City Wing Ding October 10th at the Jaycees Fairgrounds by October 9th for $5 dollars off ticket price.

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Latest News and Upcoming Events

Latest News and Upcoming Events

For our latest stories and news updates, head over to the UCP Heartland newsfeed! UCP Heartland's upcoming events can be seen on our calendar page

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Family Resources

Family Resources

Finding helpful online resources can be time-consuming and challenging. We hope to serve as a support along the way by gathering useful resources and information on this page.

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Ways to Give

Ways to Give

There are many ways to contribute to UCP Heartland – including financially through direct donations, memorials, in honor of someone, event sponsorship, event attendance, planned giving and of course through the donation of your time and talents.

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Wing Dings – Unlimited Wings, Unlimited Smiles

Wing Ding is an interactive event featuring unlimited wings and the chance to vote on your favorite wings from the best of the best. Sample spicy, saucy and crispy wings from the most popular restaurants in your town. It’s an all-you-can-eat fun time! There’s music, dancing, and bragging rights. A time-tested wing competition in Missouri for decades, Wing Dings are a great way to try out delicious food from restaurants that may be new to you. Altogether, UCP Heartland has been hosting the Wing Ding for 60 years; 30 incredible years in Columbia, 22 years in Jefferson City, and St. Louis is in its 8th year of Wing Ding fun. Please join us and bring some friends to what is sure to be a tradition of fun and delicious evening.

Click HERE to register for the Jefferson City, MO Wing Ding on October 10th


Advanced Admission Tickets Purchased by October 9th:  $25

At the door: $30

Kids 5 and under FREE






St. Louis, Missouri’s 8th Annual Wing Ding

August 8th at Queeny Park

Supporting all the Amazing Programs of UCP Heartland.

The competition was stiff this year with 13 participating restaurants and hot, new competitors who showed up in the winner’s circle. The variety of wings this year was exceptional. Chorizo stuffed wing wrapped in bacon then topped with a fried shrimp? Wing Ding gone gourmet, thank you St. Louis Wing Company.

This hometown eatery rocked in all three categories this year plus an Honorable Mention in the People’s Choice round.
Traditional Wing Category Winners:
1st Place: Salt + Smoke (a new Wing Ding Restaurant this year!)
2nd Place: Edgewild Bistro
3rd Place: St. Louis Wing Company

Dry Rub Category:
1st Place: Edgewood Bistro!
2nd Place: St. Louis Wing Company
3rd Place: Joey B’s (Inaugural year…and a winner!)

Specialty Wings:
1st Place: St. Louis Wing Company (a perennial Wing Ding favorite, and a winner in every category!)
2nd Place: Rock & Brews (New in 2018…and gets an award!)
3rd Place: Houlihan’s (First time up, and a winner!)

Salt + Smoke…and the crowd went wild!
Thank you to each of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, event attendees and restaurant competitors…we can’t wait to see what next year’s St. Louis Wing Ding brings.






Columbia, Missouri’s 30th Annual Wing Ding

August 2nd at Holiday Inn Expo Center

Exclusively Supporting the Programs of UCP Heartland’s Child Development Center

We were so excited to celebrate our 30th Annual Wing Ding at the Holiday Inn Expo in Columbia.  It was a great time for all not to mention DELICIOUS.  All proceeds stay in the community and support our Child Development Center where children of all abilities learn, play, and grow together.  Congratulations to D. Rowes our winner and we look forward to next year.


Following is the list of speakers and topics for our helpful Speaker’s Series:
  • Martha Brown, discussing “ABLE Accounts and Trusts” August 22, 6:00 p.m.
  • M. Brigid Fernandez presenting “Spend Down” on September 26 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Peter Bradley and Carl Hoeninger are speaking on “Supported Living” on October 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Canterbury staff is working on setting up Game Night for program participants during these lectures so caregivers are able to attend the series. We hope to see you there!


Gibbs Center Grand Opening in Jefferson City, Missouri

UCP Heartland’s new Gibbs Center for Independence opened this summer in Jefferson City. Combining caring service, adaptive technology and universal design elements, the Gibbs Center provides innovative opportunities for adults living with disabilities to engage in the community, develop new skills and work toward personal goals and dreams.

Click here to watch a video about UCP Heartland's new Gibbs Center in Jefferson City.

Volunteer Opportunity

Build relationships with children and youth living with disabilities as a Saturday Respite Club Volunteer in St. Louis!
When: 9am-4pm on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays each month (shifts possible)
Where: 8645 Old Bonhomme Road, St. Louis, MO 63132
Learn more & apply by emailing or calling 636-779-2278.

Join Our Team

Open interviews on Wednesday

Looking for a meaningful career that allows you to make a difference in the lives of others? Join the team at UCP Heartland! We offer benefits and competitive wages for our direct support positions. You can learn about our open positions, complete an application, and meet with UCP Heartland staff at our weekly open interview sessions for direct care positionsPlease bring your resume when you come.

When: Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: UCP Heartland’s Canterbury Center – 8645 Old Bonhomme Road, St. Louis, MO 63132

For more information, please contact: Shalonda Hill, Human Resources Manager
Email:  |  Phone: 636-779-2280

"Why Did God Make Me?"

By John Raymond Groebl

Thanks to the generosity of John Raymond Groebl’s family, proceeds from John’s book “Why Did God Make Me?: The Spiritual Writings of a Sparkled-Eyed Man with Cerebral Palsy” will go to UCP Heartland’s programs and services. The book contains poems, stories and scripts that highlight John’s active faith as well as his love of gardening and nature. Click to learn more or purchase a copy 

Writing, Gardening Unraveled the Mystery of God

John was motivated and guided by the question of "Why did God make me?" He related to the answer found in the Baltimore Catechism: "God made me to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in heaven."

Family members said he was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. is parents, other family members and friends cared for him. Despite physical limitations, he found a calling in gardening and writing. He used a little red wagon to slowly inch around the garden and encounter the mystery of God. His handwriting was unreadable, so he learned to use a typewriter. He used his left hand to hold his right wrist, guiding a finger to type one letter at a time.

After John died in 2013, his family found ways to spread John's message of the dignity of all life and looking beyond limitations to see what can be achieved.

Read more of this story by Joseph Kenny on the St. Louis Review by clicking HERE. 


Support children and adults living with disabilities

For 65 years, UCP Heartland has provided caring services for people living with disabilities. And for 65 years, we have seen individuals, families and communities display compassion and generosity by giving time, talent and donations to support the children and adults in our programs.
Your support allows UCP Heartland to continue growing and innovating so we can offer the highest quality programs and services for people living with disabilities for years to come.
Your impact at work: We post stories and photos of our programs and activities on social media. Follow us to stay connected!

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UCP Heartland provides expert programs to people living with a spectrum of developmental disabilities including autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease, premature birth and Traumatic Brain Injury. We believe that people from all backgrounds and living with all abilities have the right to quality education, residential services, career opportunities and competitive wages. UCP Heartland promotes choice and full inclusion in community life. Our five service areas link program participants to resources and referrals, staff support, advocacy, and community integration services.


Please explore this site for more news, and events, resources and services that we provide. Have a question? Please call 636.227.6030.

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