“UCP of the North Bay would like to reassure our participants, family members, and the community that we are doing everything possible to stay socially connected by providing online training and education programs that support the continued health and well-being of the children and adults that we serve.”

Our UCP of the North Bay Outreach Program has completed a survey of our participants that is being compiled and reviewed with the results available next week.  The questions in the survey included: (1) is the participant ready to return to program, (2) if no, what is the reason, and (3) if yes, what transportation do they intend to use.  The results of the survey will be used for re-entry planning purposes.

We are also beginning the process of creating individualized programs for each of our participants based on their selection of online classes, daily assessments of their health and well-being, and expressed needs and interests.  Our goal is to create as much structure as possible for continued distance learning and engagement, especially with the uncertainty of reopening.

For the shortened holiday week of July 2 through July 8, we presented 74 online classes with a total attendance of 1,600 averaging 22 participants per class.  Our combined enrollment at Gone for Good, WineBev Services, OADS, and Senior Program has increased from 257 the week of April 9-15 to 260 the week of July 2-8. We are encouraged by the continued engagement of our participants.

We had 74% of our participants join classes the week of July 2 through July 8.  From the testimonials that we have received, families and caregivers are very supportive of our Outreach Program that includes daily phone contacts and online classes.  One parent told us that her son “looks forward to classes and communicating with his friends and staff members every day.  He likes Astronomy, Agriculture, Desserts, Cooking, and his favorite classes are National Parks and Endangered Species.”

70% of our participants joined classes this past week and we had two participants join classes for the first time.  OADS celebrated Independence Day with a special screening of the musical “Hamilton” in one of our online classes.  We had another concert by a volunteer violinist who played selections from “The Sound of Music.”

One of our new classes is a required training for our National Association of Information Destruction (NAID) certification.  Our online classes are averaging 28 participants and they are helping to develop work and social skills.  We are starting a Career Exploration: Web Development and HTML class.  The online course will teach basic web development and software writing skills.  Our 4th Family Night Meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 15 at 5:00 p.m.  The online meeting will emanate from Gone for Good and include a live tour showing how we have prepared the facility for the eventual re-entry of our participants.  The tour will focus on physical distance changes that address health and safety guidelines.

We had 52% of our participants involved in Zoom classes last week.  Many care providers have expressed to us that their residents like the social connection that our classes provide.  They also appreciate the respite it provides their staff members while their residents are engaged in classes.

Supported Employment had four crews return to work in the community including Mobile Landscaping, Petaluma Recycling Center, Rohnert Park Public Parks, and Friedman’s Hardware.  The businesses where they work have been very welcoming.  Job Coaches are continuing to meet with participants at their place of employment. Individuals interested in Supported Employment should contact Tony Montoya, Supported Employment Manager, at 707-763-9807.

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Jen Whalen, Director
Steve Gatlin, Manager
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Petaluma, CA 94954
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