October 2017
About Us:   United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire (UCPIE) provides family support services for children with special needs such as cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities. Other services provided are in-home respite care for people of all ages, out of school care through our after-school and summer Skill Builders program, adaptive sports, and resource and referral services. For over 30 years, UCPIE has been helping individuals with disabilities, providing them with the tools to help reach their full potential and become engaged members of our community. The Skill Builders after-school and summer program helps children and young adults develop and improve their socialization and communication skills, increase independence and learn about safety and health.
27th Annual Life without Limits Bowl-a-thon
Pictured left to right: Annmarie Mann with parents Loni and Brad, UCPIE board member Lori Magerkurth Enroth, her husband Doug and kids enjoying our 27th Annual UCPIE "Life Without Limits" Palm Springs  Bowl-A Thon
On behalf of our UCPIE staff, the Board of Directors, the children and families we serve, we would love to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Life Without Limits Bowl-a-thon held on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The event was a huge success with 100 percent of the proceeds going to our 6 Skill Builders Afterschool programs. We pulled together $23,000, making this years Bowl-a-thon our biggest ever!  The outstanding support confirms that our wonderful supporters are committed to providing a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities.
We especially want to thank our sponsors for their overwhelming support. Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors Palm Springs Subaru and Beneto Foundation. Many thanks to our lunch sponsor Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center .
Thank you to the many volunteers, supporters, donors who contributed to the event’s success. Over the past 32 years we have touched many lives. Every day the children and adults we serve are reaching new goals towards happy and healthy productive lives. We, and those we serve sincerely appreciate your generosity. CLICK HERE to view ALL event photos!!   
Cathedral City After-school Program
Palm Springs After-school Program
Left to Right: Becci Iamele, Demitrious Sinor, Nancy Sanders, Greg Wetmore, Lori Enroth, Patty Meza, Gaby Ayala, Sofia Campos
Mary Jane Sanchez-Fulton, Sofia Campos
Paul Villalobos, Sofia Campos, Mika Moulton, Patti OToole
Paul Villalobos, Palm Springs Las Casuelas Terrazas dancers and Soul
The Honorable Harold W. Hopp, Greg Wetmore, Paul Villalobos
On behalf of everyone we serve, we want to thank Marker Broadcasting , Renova Solar , Palm Springs Lincoln , and Cindy Pieper State Farm for sponsoring our UCPIE Wine Down Wednesday at Pizzeria Villagio Italian Kitchen, Palm Desert. Huge thanks to Pizzeria Villagio GM Charles Townsend for hosting our event! Because of your fantastic support, we were able to enjoy a fun-filled evening with friends, raise funds, awareness and drink wine! We sincerely appreciate your support of this event, our community and our organization. Thank you for making a positive impact in the lives of so many people!

The winners of the business card drawing for the Barry Manilow tickets are Don & Donna Hirschbein of Palm Desert. Congratulations and enjoy the show!!!
All Barry Manilow 'A Gift Of Love' shows are completely SOLD OUT, but you still have a chance to WIN (TWO) Gold Tickets for the Sunday, December 17, 2017 show by purchasing your $20 raffle tickets!!! Gold Tickets are valued at $2,000. Seats are located in the THIRD row (row CC) of the the McCallum Theatre . In addition all Gold Ticket holders are invited to a post-show champagne reception and photo-op with Barry Manilow in the theater's Founders Room. To purchase your raffle tickets please visit http://ucpie.org or call Nancy Sanders at (760) 321-8184 ext. 101.

Your purchase of these tickets supports our mission to provide a "Life without Limits" for people with disabilities. We hope we can count on you to make this year's "A Gift of Love" one of our best yet as we continue improving the lives of children and adults living with disabilities, so they too can live a life without limits!!! We are extremely grateful to have been chosen as a benefiting charity for all four of these 'A Gift Of Love' performances! Thank you Barry Manilow and "A Gift Of Love' team!
Summer 2017 Respite Training
UCPIE is proud to highlight this year’s focus for its Annual Respite In-House staff training. Thanks to the generosity of the Anderson Children’s Foundation, UCPIE was able to provide Disaster Preparedness 101, Fire Safety kits and training to over 166 respite workers and 263 safety kits to respite homes throughout the Inland Empire. Trainings were conveniently provided in the central cities of Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula and Cathedral City. The workshops covered how to prepare for a disaster, hands on fire extinguisher training, and a planning guide to create an evacuation plan. By providing this vital training program to its professional respite team UCPIE successfully prepared 263 families with essential emergency supplies and a highly qualified professional in their home to provide high quality care in the safest manner possible. UCPIE would also like to thank its training partner the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) and Chris Grant, Emergency Manager/TLO for San Bernardino Community College District Police for providing the training material and their expertise to help UCPIE achieve its goal to keep every family safe! 
Chris Grant leads the training class in Rancho Cucamonga
Coachella Valley UCPIE respite workers
Gaby Ayala, Arturo Ayala, Mayra Beltran, Erika Muñoz
2017 Advocates of the Year HOPE Awards presented by the Riverside County Hope Collaborative
(Gaby Reyes pictured left)
On Friday, June 30th, 2017 Gaby Reyes, UCPIE’s Outreach Coordinator was presented with the HOPE Collaborative, 2017 Countywide Child and Family Advocate of the Year Award. Since becoming part of the UCPIE family in 2012 Gaby has become a vocal and efficient advocate for children and families in Riverside County. Gaby can been found on most weekends at resource fairs and community events. She is the face of UCPIE working directly with families in their own communities. In addition to her outreach work Gaby has grown into having a significant role among disability professionals. Gaby currently is part of a number of networks, collaborative groups and councils such as the Coachella Valley Disabilities Collaborative, the Coachella Valley Community Trust, and the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative (IEDC). Gaby is the co-chair for the IEDC Coachella Valley Region group and sits on the Coachella Valley Adaptive Sports Council. It is the work she has done with the HOPE Collaborative (Healing Outreach Prevention Education) that brought her Riverside Countywide recognition. The HOPE Collaborative’ s work focuses on facilitating interagency collaboration, efforts to raise community awareness of child safety and abuse, and provides training opportunities to professionals, parents and community members. It is with much gratitude that UCPIE applauds Gaby’s much deserved award. Thank you Gaby, because of your tireless work, families receive respite care, resource and referral services, and a person that can help guide them through the difficult process of navigating the disability service system. We are proud of you!
?July 2017 Adaptive Bike Presentation at Palm Spring City Hall
Five children with mobility disabilities were presented with adaptive bicycles at Palm Springs City Hall on Monday, July 17 th 2017, as the result of local UCPIE fundraising efforts, including the annual Tour de Palm Springs.
The kids were presented with the bikes by UCPIE staff, Tour de Palm Springs organizers, Coachella Valley Serving People in Need (CVSPIN) and Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon.
"UCPIE is thrilled to have been able to open up the possibility of participating in the Tour de Palm Springs to the children we serve with mobility disabilities, to give them another opportunity to live their lives without limits," said UCPIE President and CEO Greg Wetmore.
UCPIE has raised enough money for 46 bikes since joining the Tour de Palm Springs in 2012. "Since 1999, the Tour de Palm Springs has had a legacy of giving to our loyal Coachella Valley charities. Tour de Palm Springs partnering with UCPIE is a wonderful example of what can happen when the community comes together for the benefit of others," said Tour de Palm Springs Board President Aftab Dada. 
Thank you to KMIR News and KESQ for the wonderful event coverage. Our adaptive bike program funds adaptive tricycles for children with physical and developmental disabilities! It is the most amazing experience to see the powerful impact these bikes bring to our disabled community. The inclusion, confidence, joy and smiles they bring to each individual are all truly inspiring! We could not possibly do this without the generous support of our UCPIE friends! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to help our local families. To learn more about our bike program, please contact Sofia Campos (760) 321-8184 ext 105, email: sofia@ucpie.org
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   Kate Laver Family Empowerment Project
UCPIE is pleased to announce the launch of the Kate Laver Family Empowerment Project . The Kate Laver Family Empowerment project began this summer and will be completed by the time of this publication. This project is especially exciting to the UCPIE family due to the nature of the program. UCPIE believes the needs of a child with special needs can be met by also taking care of the parent raising a child with special needs. UCPIE’s in-home respite program is a perfect example of this deep held value. The Kate Laver Family Empowerment project expands on that value. It provides family facilitated counseling sessions tackling such topics as: learning you have power, balancing caretaking, respecting emotional differences, processing feelings, taking care of yourself, and building a healthy relationship. This project is providing parents with the tools they need to strengthen family relationships and reduce stress. This project also offers support to parents by reaffirming they are not facing challenges on their own. One parent shared with her peers, “what I learned from my Kate sessions is that my feelings are Ok”. She went on to say, “when I first learned of my child with a disability I felt that I had done something wrong. I felt that I was being punished with an overwhelming task and felt resent and helplessness”. “Today, I realize that God gifted me a special child because I am a special person. God gave me this child in trust”.  
The Kate Laver Empowerment Project came about through a $75,000.000 grant provided by the Kate Laver Foundation. The Kate Laver Foundation was founded by Richard and Michelle Laver as a result of their passion to help families raising a child with special needs. Their passion comes from their own experience raising their daughter with special needs, Kate Laver. The Lavers personally know the struggles a family faces with meeting the extraordinary needs of a child with a disability. They seek to help other families like them help their child thrive.  
For more information on the Kate Laver project contact Lizette Moreno at:  lizette@ucpie.org  
On Wednesday, July 12th Kate Laver and her mother Michelle presented UCPIE with a $75,000 check. Without their support, we would not be able to make a positive diference.

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