UCP of the North Bay
Adult Day Program Update
June 12th, 2020
Helping Participants through Personal Connection
“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 Outreach Program has proven to be very valuable for the individuals that we serve in our Adult Day Programs. With the support of North Bay Regional Center, continued operation of our essential wine packaging and recycling businesses, and management of emergency funding available to small businesses, we have been able to sustain our agency and programs for the phasing in of work activities both on-site and in the community. We are very grateful for the support and encouragement that we have received from the UCP of the North Bay community including the families who have welcomed us into their homes with our online classes and activities.
Our participants requested that we add a Health Class to our online schedule. We began this week by discussing ways to stay fit and eat healthy. Our classes are available to participants from other providers and we enjoyed having a guest this week from Pride Industries. The highlight of the week was the Camp Caz Talent Show. We had a great turnout from all of our programs and set a Zoom record attendance of 93. It was a great way for our campers to socialize with other campers that they may see only once a year at Camp Caz.
We assisted two of our participants with getting on our online classes after they received their new Amazon Fire Tablets. Our online classes, including Memory Games, Gardening, and Art, continue to be a popular activity for many of our participants. Attendance is continuing to increase from week to week, with social interaction being the primary focus and benefit.
OADS participated in the Camp Caz Talent Show, with a record number of participants from all of our programs. In the absence of having our popular Adult Camp this summer, past and future campers got a touch of the old Camp Caz spirit. The event included a slide show from previous years and a live talent show on our Zoom Network. Singing, dancing, comedy, and poetry were all part of the production. Our Employment Skill Classes included Working in the Fast Food Industry, Conflict Resolution, and Career Exploration.
We delivered three more Amazon Fire Tablets to participants who needed them to join online classes. Two of the three participants have already begun to use them. Our participants like to share their online class experiences with their families and caregivers. We have scheduled a second online Family/Caregiver Night for Wednesday, June 17 at 5:00 p.m. Families and caregivers were very appreciative of the information they received at the first meeting. As a result, we will be holding biweekly Family/Caregiver Nights until we return to program at Gone for Good.
We are planning the next phase of return to work for both staff members and participants in Group Supported Employment. Staff members will return to community work, fulfilling contracts, on June 22. Our participants will return to their regular jobs on July 1. In the meantime, staff members are calling participants to answer their questions and address concerns.
Individual Supported Employment Job Coaches are scheduled to return to community work on June 16. They will be identifying and assessing possible job openings and contacting potential candidates for those openings. Our Job Coaches will resume providing on-site support for employees hired by local businesses.
Individuals interested in Supported Employment should contact Tony Montoya, Supported Employment Manager, at 707-763-9807.