November 2016
LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS E-NEWS
A monthly update from UCP Central PA


Celebrating...and Supporting Our Veterans
Veteran's Day is Friday, November 11, 2016
As we approach the annual Veteran's Day commemoration, we take a moment to honor the heroic efforts of our nation's armed forces -men and women who have dedicated themselves to protecting our freedoms and preserving our security.

Unfortunately, too many of these veterans return to civilian life needing more than recognition; they need tangible support. We at UCP Central PA are pleased to be able to give back in some small way to military veterans through several unique program and service options:

AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians  is a partnership between UCP Central PA and Penn State Extension that has as its over-arching goal to make production agriculture accessible for all Pennsylvanians, including PA veterans. 

As AgrAbility PA Project Director Dr. Connie Baggett makes clear, "Assisting Veterans who choose a career in the agricultural industry is one that needs to be addressed more intentionally." AgrAbility PA provides resources and services to men and women who are battling a long-term health condition or disability - sometimes because of their military service - but want to return to or try their hand at working in production agriculture. Cathie Dibert and Green"er" Acres Farm is a great example of a military Veteran successfully making the move into agricultural farming.
For AgrAbility PA:
Kendra Martin
Digital Media and Outreach Coordinator
717.737.3477, x128
kmartin@ucpcentralpa.org


Capital Home Care, an authorized provider of Veterans Home Care, offers in-home, non-medical care and companionship services to veterans or surviving spouses who have a need for additional support in the home. Joan Secrest is one such survivor. Joan receives services in the home four days a week and usually goes on an outing once a month, accompanied by one of her attendants, Joyce Boyer or Deb Specht.

For Capital Home Care:
Angela Griffith
Group Manager
1-888-790-3925 ext. 332

Changing Hands, UCP's equipment reuse and exchange program, is one of the many ways that our assistive technology services are changing lives. Over the past fiscal year alone, Changing Hands was able to recirculate 970 items--or $456,475
Changing Hands Program Manager,  Jackie Wardle, with Mike Fry as he receives a donated power wheel chair. They are joined by Jamie Haugh from UCP South Central.
worth of equipment--back into the community free of charge. Assistive technology has improved the quality of life for countless Pennsylvanians over the years... including both veterans and active duty military who have been harmed or disabled as a result of their service to our country.

For Changing Hands:
Jackie Wardle
Assistive Technology Specialist
717.737.3477, x152
jwardle@ucpcentralpa.org

Speaking of Assistive Technology...


For some uplifting examples of the many ways that AT is enhancing lives, visit the #MyLifeWithAT Photo Contest.

*Changing Hands is an equipment exchange and reuse program of UCP Central PA that is supported in part by Pennsylvania's Initiative on Assistive Technology (PIAT). PIAT is the Commonwealth's Assistive Technology Act Program at the Institute on Disabilities, Temple University, and is funded through a grant from the Administration on Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Changing Hands program is a participant in the Reused and Exchanged Equipment Partnership (REEP), a program of PIAT. 
UCP Earns Great Nonprofit Honors
Thank You!

You did it! Thanks to your willingness to share your experience with UCP, we have once again been granted 2016 Top-Rate status on the nonprofit review site, GreatNonprofits. Thanks to all who contributed! Read the reviews or add your own: http://greatnonprofits.org/org/ucp-central-pa
Upcoming Family Events

Pathways Open House
Nov 16, 2016
3:30pm - 6:30pm
123 Chambers Hill Drive
Chambersburg
RSVP 717-382-6900
Family Craft Night
December 9, 2016
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Community Room
Giant Foods Store
3301 Trindle Road
Camp Hill 
RSVP 717-975-0611

UCP Holiday Giftwrap
Dec 1 - 24, 2016
Capital City Mall 
Center Court outside of Macy's
3506 Capital City Mall Dr
Camp Hill

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