UCP’s 2nd Annual Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K!!

2016 5k flyerUCP of Eastern CT is excited to announce that we will hold our 2nd Annual Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K again on Sunday, August 28th!  Last year’s event was such a success that we can’t wait to hold this event again. The Dash, Stroll & Roll 5K will be held at Camp Harkness, at 301 Great Neck Road in Waterford.

The race starts at 9am, and we will have race day registration beginning at 8am. The cost is $30 for adults and $15 for runners between the ages of 5-12, and the first 150 runners to sign up will get a t-shirt!  

Thank you to our generous sponsors, including The Day, Shoreline Social Sports & Events, Essex Dermatology Center,  and Relay Connecticut.

Our race is timed by Snerro, but please note it is not on a certified course.

Mystery Masquerade Dinner Fundraiser


What a fabulous time! UCP hosted its first ever Mystery Masquerade Dinner on March 18th. The event was held at Langley’s Restaurant at Great Neck Country Club and sponsored by A.Secondino & Son, Inc, and The Day. Other sponsors for the event were Jan VonDeck, James Harris and Lisa Venn with Viridian Energy.


More than 70 people showed up to participate in the hilarious mystery solving fun!




Jaiden gets a new weighted blanket

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UCP and the Elsie Bellows Grant were able to purchase a new weighted sensory blanket for Jaiden. Jaiden is a sweet 4 year old boy with ASD and ADHD who lives with his mother, Tahiri.

Nurturing Families at L&M Hospital caseworker Grace Nelson, who works with Jaiden and Tahiri, contacted UCP’s Disability Support Program for funding assistance for the weighted blanket which can cost approximately $145 and up. The blankets are designed to provide pressure and sensory input for individuals with autism and other disorders. A weighted blanket can be used as a calming tool or for sleep. The pressure of the blanket provides proprioceptive input to the brain and releases a hormone called serotonin which is a calming chemical in the body. 


We hope that Jaiden and his mom had the best night of sleep ever!

Welcome Jon Maderia ~ UCP’s Director of Employment Services

It gives UCP great pleasure to announce that Jon Maderia has joined the UCP Eastern CT team! Jon started on October 27 and is the new Director of Employment Services.  Jon will be working out of the Quaker Hill Administrative office, so if you see a new face in the office, let him know that you are excited about him joining our team.  You can also call him at 860-443-3800 ext. 118 or send him an email jmaderia@ucpect.org.

Jon has a wealth of experience and knowledge providing employment supports to people with disabilities.  Previously Jon was the Director of the Employment Transition Center at the Arc of New London County where he worked to maximize each participant’s employment potential; coordinated job development; created internships with local businesses, and promoted skill building. He has worked with DDS supported individuals, BRS supported individuals, area high school students, and managed an agency micro-businesses.

Jon has built a great rapport with DDS case management, department supervisors, DDS and BRS contract management teams and has helped to secure appropriate L.O.N. funding to provide quality services.   As you can see, Jon’s experience fits in perfectly with our strategic objectives to deliver new and exciting opportunities for people with disabilities.  

We look forward to working with Jon to

  • Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities.
  • Help students with disabilities transition to competitive integrated employment.
  • Build inclusive communities by starting in the workplace.


UCP’s Paint Night Fundraiser

Join UCP and friends for a Paint Night Fundraiser on November 14, 2015 at 7pm until 9pm. Held at our Quaker Hill Day Program site at 42 Norwich Road (Rt. 32), we will also have baked goods and a basket raffle! It’s sure to be a Fabulous Time! 

Tickets are $35 and available on-line or at the door. First come, first serve!  Get your ticket today at (475)441-FUND (3863) or by calling (860)443-3800 x 111. Tickets can also be purchased by clicking on the flyer below (links to UCP’s paypal). Questions? Call 860.443.3800 x 111


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Shoreline Social Sports & Events teams up with UCP

Welcome to Shoreline Social Sports as a SILVER Level Sponsor for UCP’s Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K – we are so excited that you are joining us! 


Shoreline Social Sports and Events sponsorship


Please show your support to our sponsors by visiting them! Checkout their website at: http://www.shorelinesocialse.com/

UCP welcomes Yost Home Improvements as a sponsor!

UCP of Eastern CT would like to welcome Yost Home Improvements as a new Friends of UCP level Sponsor for the Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K on August 30th! We are excited to have you join us for our fun run. See you at the starting line! 


Yost sponsorship

Please take a moment to show your support for sponsors of UCP’s Dash, Stroll & Roll to the Beach 5K by visiting their websites or showrooms @ http://yosthomeimprovements.com/