Community Participation Supports
All of our Community Participation Support (CPS) programs are designed to meet the unique social, emotional, and educational needs of individual adults with a wide range of disabilities. At the same time, each of our day programs provides a safe, secure, and stimulating environment where adults with disabilities can learn, grow, nurture relationships with their peers, and actively participate in the community around them.
UCP currently operates 14 Community Participation Supports in six counties throughout Central PA. Our Program staff have experience working with individuals with all levels of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges.
Four Models for Adult Day Programs
All of our CPS programs operate under one of the following models:
Alternatives CPS are our more traditional center-based programs offered in 10 locations. These programs offer a wide range of on-site activities (including sensory rooms) and an option for community activities for program participants.
Neighbors Adult Day Programs
Neighbors Adult Day Programs offer a more contemporary approach with a greater emphasis on community-based activities. Daily outings provide program participants with either recreation or volunteer opportunities. The Neighbors programs are held in three locations.
Bridges CPS programs is a collaborative effort with Goodwill Keystone Area that provides a community-based program to adults attending both Goodwill Community Skills and Alternatives Cameron Street in Harrisburg.
Pathways is a two-year, curriculum-based program that places a keen focus on employment outcomes.
Program Key Tenets
We provide volunteer opportunities that enable program participants to establish meaningful connections with others in the community who share a similar interest. These volunteer opportunities include:
- work at animal shelters and nursing homes
- delivering Meals-on-Wheels
- collecting toys for the Toys-for-Tots program
- community clean-up
- work with the Red Cross
We identify and nurture opportunities for participants to be involved in leisure and recreational activities and outings of interest to them. We provide transportation to and from, and facilitate the use of such community resources as libraries, parks, museums, shopping centers, theaters, festivals, etc.
Life Skills Development
We offer education and training in functional skill development that focuses on each participant’s individual strengths and interests. Our programs challenge participants to enhance their skills in independent living, communication, socialization, and pre-vocation.
We facilitate positive social interactions among our consumers, staff, and the community at large. We strive to promote self-esteem and to have each participant experience some measure of joy and success each day they are in our program.
Pre-vocational Skill Training
We provide training in specific job-related skills based on each participant’s individual strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes... empowering them to pursue employment in an area of interest. Ultimately, what we offer is the opportunity for greater independence and the sense of what it means to be truly, actively engaged in the community.
A variety of volunteer opportunities are available at each of our adult day program locations.
Funding for Community Participation Supports is available through:
- Consolidated Waiver
- Person Family Directed Support (PFDS) Waiver
- Autism Waiver
For further information on waiver funding, we recommend that you contact the Office of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities in your county of residence.
Please note that private pay arrangements can be made as well.