History of UCP Heartland’s Mission
Moving into our 65th year of service to the region, UCP Heartland was founded by a group of parents in 1953 and is a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing supportive programs for people living with a spectrum of disabilities. Our agency serves people diagnosed with: Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and disabilities that can come from birth or through the aging process. UCP Heartland is committed to providing hope, help and progress for people and families living with disabilities.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five Americans is currently living with a disability, making people with disabilities the single largest minority or special interest group in the United States. As life expectancies expand, the CDC predicts that in the coming decades an even greater percentage of people will be living with disabilities.
As an agency, UCP Heartland provides five primary programs, including Adult Day Services, Children’s Programs, Employment Resources, Family Support Services and Residential Services. These expert programs are emulated by agencies throughout the region to help people living with disabilities fully integrate into the community. UCP Heartland’s program participants choose a level of independence that is comfortable in their everyday life, in their employment and in their choice of residence.
UCP Heartland’s Values in Action
As an organization, we believe that people living with a spectrum of disabilities have the right to quality education and transition services, integrated employment opportunities with competitive wages and access to affordable housing. UCP Heartland promotes full inclusion in community life by providing resources and referrals, advocacy and daily programs tailored to people’s individual needs. Our five programs engage the community by inviting organizations and groups into our facilities as well as by taking program participants on outings to explore our beautiful region.