UCP of the North Bay
Community Outreach Update
July 10, 2020
Legislation and Advocacy
We are currently working on advocating for additional federal support for the states, including California, to help offset the significant loss of revenue due to the economic downturn as a result of sheltering in place. This support is crucial to maintain our current state budget. Additionally, our state advocates are working with the legislature and the Department of Developmental Services in an attempt to redefine day and employment training programs and how they are funded during a time when large groups are not yet considered safe. We are continuing to plan for an eventual reopening with as many modifications for safety as possible.
Cypress School Update
Our Distance Extended School Year continues as Cypress School begins to finalize plans for the beginning of the school year. Cypress continues to practice strategies of being flexible, focusing on the positive and being open to what is possible. Our Campus Readiness, Distance Learning, and Community-Based Instruction teams have had some very productive dialogue about what re-opening safely means for students and staff, and are taking in the feedback we receive from families about the successes and struggles of this challenging situation.
Please be assured that Cypress School personnel are focused on creating the safest, healthiest environment for their students and staff, while maintaining the delicate balance of staying connected while reducing risks. This will continue to guide our decision-making moving forward.
WineBev Services Testimonial
“My brother has been a participant at WineBev Services for a few years. He loves going to work there and he loves the staff and his peers. The staff have always done an excellent job, but during Covid-19 they have really surpassed their normal excellence. When the stay-at-home began, my brother became sad and anxious – just sitting around and not wanting to do anything. When WineBev Services started their Zoom classes, it was God sent. Now he looks forward every day to his classes, seeing his buddies and his teachers. He can talk to them and see them – and he loves it. I thank the staff from the bottom of my heart for all the work they have done putting the classes together. It is a full day for my brother and he doesn’t want to miss any of the classes. Thank you for making the difference for my brother and for me.”
Public health organizations emphasize that we must continue to take preventive steps that insure safe physical distancing:
- Work hard, be kind, stay safe and stay connected.
- Should you have any additional questions, please contact, via email or text, your Program Coordinator, Manager, Administrator, or Director.
- We hope to return to normal locations and hours as soon as possible.