Welcome to United Cerebral Palsy Heartland


Congratulations to all of our restaurant winners in the 7th Annual St. Louis Wing Ding competition!


Congratulations to Employment Services Director Richard Coleman who was named the winner of the prestigious MO-APSE, Employment First, Best Practices award!


How hard is it to find a job if you are living with a disability? 

According to the Department of Labor, in 2016, the unemployment rate for the general population was 4.6 percent. But for people with disabilities, it hovered around 10.5 percent. The job statistics for people with disabilities was similar for 2015, meaning that improved employment rates across the country don’t translate to better job opportunities for people with disabilities.

Thanks to the hard work of the UCPH’s Employment Resources program headed up by Directors Monica Edmonds and Richard Coleman, placements are at an all-time high. In addition to working with many other employers, Monica Edmonds formed a partnership with McDonald’s, setting up opportunities for all Employment Resources clients. Here are some of the highlights which include 6 direct placements and 5 indirect placements for the month of July:

Duane Gruis, Employment Specialist, placed Jimmy at the downtown McDonald’s.

  • Ryan Welter, UCPH Employment Specialist was instrumental in placing the following clients:
  • Griffin was placed at The Fountains (nursing home) in Ellisville
  • Barb found employment at the Culver’s in Crestwood
  • Jeana and Crystal are now employed at McDonald’s in Florissant
  • Vashti is now working at the McDonald’s in Black Jack

Together with Talent Connect, UCPH Placement Specialist Alex Rathgeb placed:

  • Jeremy at the Ritz
  • Brian, Brendon, Kayla and J.J. at Pedestal Foods at Lindenwood University

Monica Edmonds also assisted Drew with a placement through DeSmet Retirement Community who hired Drew from his summer job training program into a paid position.

In addition to all of the Employment Program placements, the program is also award winning. On July 27, Director Richard Coleman was named the winner of the prestigious MO-APSE, Employment First, Best Practices award!

Thank you to the Employment Resources team for making UCP Heartland proud.







Join us at our next wing Ding!


October 4, 2017


6:00PM – 8:00PM



Life Without limits

For more than 60 years, UCP Heartland has helped to enhance the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities. We believe that individuals with even the most challenging disabilities have the right to quality education and transition services, integrated employment opportunities with competitive wages and career opportunities. We also promote full inclusion in community life by providing resource and referral, advocacy, and community integration services. Please explore our website for more news, and events, and to find more information on services we provide. A link is provided below if your would like to make a donation online.

You can help us continue to promote “life without limits” for people with disabilities.  Click here to let us know if you are interested in getting involved with UCP Heartland as a volunteer, advocate, donor, or sponsor of an upcoming event. Please include a daytime phone number and email with your inquiry.

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