talent connect graduates first class through pedestal foods at lindenwood university

Talent Connect, a project of UCP Heartland, has graduated another class of 6 trainees with disabilities. This is the first class completing the 12 week program at Pedestal Foods at Lindenwood University.
Talent Connect has graduated 18 trainees since the inception of the program in March 2015.


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Lori burch named new cfo for ucp heartland!

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UCP Heartland is pleased to welcome Lori Burch as the Chief Financial Officer.  Lori most recently was served as the CFO with the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis for 11 years. In her role at the Urban League, Lori was responsible for Finance, IT, HR and Maintenance.  In addition, Lori has many years’ experience working with Federal grants.  In her off time, Lori enjoys traveling, reading, working outside and spending time with family and friends.


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SPEAK FOR YOURSELF CONVENING was held October  21 at Washington University in St. Louis

The October 21 Convening was the first of its kind and brought together UCP National staff, PCORI Staff, national experts and members of the community to discuss health-related and other issues impacting people with disabilities nationally and at regional and local levels.

Relevant and well-informed patient-centered clinical research is essential to advancing healthcare access, quality, and choice for individuals with disabilities. A patient-centered approach to research that encourages individuals with disabilities to provide input on the gaps in evidence, best practices, and direction of disability-focused research is central to the success of such research.

Individuals with disabilities have expressed the desire to be a part of such a movement to improve their lives, yet to-date, only a small segment have been able to become meaningfully involved. Too often those with the potential to be most impacted by disability-focused research aren’t aware of what research is occurring or how to get involved. Members of the research community have also expressed the desire for more individuals with disabilities to become centrally involved with their work, and seek better relationships with networks of knowledgeable and engaged disability-focused research participants.  Here is the link for more information:

This project was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award.

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the hyatt Regency wins paraquad’s shining light award
(nominated by talent connect)

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch was a 2015 Paraquad Shine the Light Award honoree. The annual event recognizes St. Louis area companies, organizations and individuals whose actions and policies exemplify the goal of promoting a fully accessible community for people with disabilities.

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UCP Heartland hosts volunteer groups from Deloitte, Maritz and enterprise

Several companies around the St. Louis area chose UCP Heartland as their charity of choice for their employees to spend the day volunteering. Each company encourages their employees to give back to the community through volunteer day. Many companies in the St. Louis area support the volunteer efforts of their employees and we are grateful for that support.

Volunteers helped make a difference in the lives of the people we serve and our staff through beautifying areas in and around Canterbury Center through landscaping, cleaning and painting.

Daniel and Henry selects UCP Heartland for Jeans Because

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Thank you to the employees of Daniel and Henry for designating their Jeans Because Day proceeds to UCP Heartland.

Pat Stein, Daniel & Henry (left) presenting check to Kathleen Schue, UCP Heartland (right)