UCP of Sacramento and Northern California is a leading developer of programs and services for children and adults in the developmental disability community. Clients and their families are supported by programs and services that improve the independence, productivity and quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.
Programs and services include family respite services, adult day programs, recreation activities and transportation services.
Last year, UCP served nearly 3,000 children and adults within the Greater Sacramento region. A majority of their clients hail from Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado and Nevada counties, according to Doug Bergman, President and CEO.
UCP began in Sacramento in 1955 when parents of children with cerebral palsy were faced with only one option: place their child into state institutional care.
“These parents wanted a different life for their children and did not want their children in institutional care, forgotten by society,” Bergman says. “They wanted their children home and in the community.”
Since then, UCP has grown to 165 full-time and 601 part-time staff members, each one with genuine patience, empathy and kindness. The team supports a community of children and adults with any developmental disability, including autism, Down Syndrome and epilepsy.
“The people that choose to attend our programs are smart, creative and funny. They bring light to the world every day.” — Doug Bergman President and CEO
Bergman says the team will continue to innovate, advocate and ensure that everyone is an active, included member of the community. “We want to further establish and nurture long-term partnerships with communities, organizations, supporters and stakeholders while exploring and expanding the culture of innovation and technology,” he says.
“Our youngest client is three years old and our oldest is 84. We have the ability to help and support families and individuals through their lives and it is important to us that we provide the best quality care and service we can.”