JULY 2019
UCPIE Paint & Sip!
On behalf of all the children and families we serve, we want to thank you for your recent support of our Paint & Sip with UCPIE at Pinot's Palette! Your wonderful generosity helps make it possible for us to assist many special needs children and adults.
The first thing guests noticed about Pinot's Palette was the atmosphere. It was a relaxed and fun event, filled with UCPIE friends. When we arrived all canvasses were ready for participants along with their name, paint, brushes, and aprons. From beginning to end you could hear laughs. Participants compared each other's paintings, shared fun stories and even made new friends. We enjoyed delicious food donated by Costco. Our live auction was hosted by world renowned benefit auctioneer Karen Sorbo .

 Huge thanks you to our UCPIE Paint & Sip 2019 sponsors:
Costco , Mainstat Luxury Estates , All About Massage , Pastry Swan , Yianni's Taverna & Wine Bar, Don Diego's of Indian Wells, Fusion Five, Cathedral City Lock & Safe , 18 I 8 Fine Men's Salon , Crater Lake Vodka , Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa, Pinot's Palette, Dr. Phil , Springs Bazaar, Sherry Mesa Salon, Chakra Esthetics. To view all event photos please click on button below.
Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage
Our Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage wristbands are in! Proceeds from wristbands sold go directly to our UCPIE adaptive bike and seven after-school programs! This year Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage has partnered with 30 eateries, over 80 $4 specials, and 14 charities all coming together for one common goal- to raise much needed funds for local non-profits!
Taste of Rancho Mirage is July 12th-August 18th. Purchase a $10 wristband and enjoy $4 drinks, appetizers, desserts at 30 local Rancho Mirage eateries. There’s also a spectacular Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage Launch Party on Thursday July 11th!
The fun begins 5:00pm – 8:00 p.m. at Pirch located at 71905 Highway 111, Suite B, Rancho Mirage. ALL attendees MUST have a wristband to attend!

The purchase of a $10 wristband will allow you to enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails at this event! If you would like to purchase a wristband or know anyone with a business that would love to purchase an entire bag to gift to their staff or clients please let us know. To purchase wristbands please contact Sandra Gramajo (310) 709-3936. To view participating restaurants and $4 deals please visit: 
https://tasteofsummerranchomirage.com/
UCPIE In-Home Respite Care
UCPIE In-Home Respite Care   is a service offered to special needs families throughout the Inland Empire. UCPIE sends qualified, pre-screened respite caregivers to homes to care for special needs individuals. Respite care benefits both the client and the primary caregiver. For clients, it gives them the opportunity to spend time with someone different and perhaps do some new things. Primary caregivers also benefit from respite care because they get some time to themselves, away from their usual responsibilities. This service allows usual caregivers an opportunity to take a much-needed rest or attend to other tasks, knowing that their loved one is well cared for by a certified respite care provider.
In this issue we are highlighting Cindi Davis. Cindi is very active in the local and national sports community. She participates in softball, basketball, baseball, bowling, scuba diving, hiking, fishing and so much more! Many of these sporting activities have taken her and her teams to nationals and they have proudly won many awards and accolades. She is a retired Marine and has been a caregiver since 1985. Cindi was hired by UCPIE in February 2019 and has already created a special bond with her new client Jonas Salinas. Cindi has such enthusiasm in her voice every time she speaks about Jonas and the activities they share together. Cindi waits for Jonas every Wednesday to receive him from the school bus in front of his house. Jonas looks forward to time with Cindi each week. Jonas is diagnosed with moderate autism and developmental delay. Jonas is also non-verbal and uses single words and body language to communicate. Cindi had no experience with special needs but quickly built an incredible and joyful human connection with Jonas. She allows him to be himself while keeping him safe. They sing, play and learn together!
UCPIE: What is the most rewarding part about being a respite care provider?
Cindi: The most rewarding part of my job is Jonas smiles and the friendship that I have developed with his family. God has blessed me with a caring, compassionate, and loving heart. As a Christian woman, my goal each day is that God allows me another day of life to walk in the footprints of Jesus, and to love others as Jesus loves us.

UCPIE: What activities does Jonas like?
Cindi: Jonas loves to dance and sing along to "If You're Happy and You Know It". We clap our hands, stomp our feet, nod our heads, and shout together! On the last "hooray" he sprinkles confetti around us! He also loves reading and watching Thomas the Train.

UCPIE: What is your biggest lesson learned as a caregiver? 
Cindi: The lesson that I have learned as a caregiver is that no two people are alike and that they each have their own special needs and to ALWAYS treat each client with the upmost dignity and respect. 
 

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our UCPIE respite program, please contact Gaby Reyes (760) 625-5058, email: gabyreyes@ucpie.org