Making a difference every single day
Frontline workers at Easterseals UCP work directly with the individuals that our programs serve: individuals living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or mental health challenges. They are the nurses, psychiatrists, caregivers, group home staff and program staff that keep our participants safe, healthy and connected to vital resources.
Through COVID-19, daily crisis and natural disasters our employees never stop serving. Keep reading to check out some of their stories from the field.
If you'd like to make a difference in the lives of others, please visit our Careers Page to learn more about what it's like to work at Easterseals UCP and view our open positions.
Laura is a Frontline Worker who Makes a Difference
Laura is a Peer Support Specialist on our Yanceyville Assertive Community Treatment Team. She enthusiastically facilitates virtual wellness groups, which is a creative and safe treatment option to help our clients manage their medication, have fewer hospital stays, attain stable housing and reach their personal goals.
Michael is Dedicated to Changing People’s Lives
Michael is a manager of one of our group homes. He has worked at the group home since 2005. Michael is committed to creating life long memories with the residents in the home. He encourages, supports and advocates for them while proactively learning their wants and needs.
Claudia Goes Above and Beyond
Claudia has worked at one of our group homes since 1998. She is committed to treating the residents and staff like family. Claudia goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our residents are always taken care of.
Jennifer Does it All!
Jennifer is a Recreation Professional & Transition Coach for our EMPOWER programs. As a Transition Coach, Jennifer prepares individuals living with disabilities for employment by helping them in job exploration, work-based learning experiences and workplace readiness training. As a Recreation Professional, Jennifer provides services and support to school-aged children in after school, summer camp, wellness and respite programs.
Denise Inspires Hope and Positivity
Denise provides administrative assistance to our mobile crisis team in Virginia. Her team helps individuals and families learn how to deal with stressful situations that may trigger a mental health or behavioral crisis. Denise joined Easterseals UCP in 2012 and has been inspiring hope and positivity ever since!
Adam Provides Genuine Care
Adam is a member of our Assertive Community Treatment Team in Burlington. He has worked hard during the pandemic, often outside in all types of weather to safely provide services to our individuals. There's always a smile under his mask as Adam does whatever it takes to help clients along their recovery journeys. His actions speak to genuine care for all the people he supports on his team.
Disability Employment Awareness Month
Brittany is committed to helping Noah maintain his skills on the job as an Easterseals UCP Administrative Assistant. During October, we continued to share successes of our Employment Services Program staff and the people we serve living with disabilities and mental health challenges.
Augustina, a paraprofessional at the Greensboro Group Home, is keeping residents active with group exercise. The men and women living with mental health challenges and disabilities enjoy the movement and entertainment. Check out the video!
Group Home Staff Keeps Residents Safe & Happy
Tydonya is delivering smiles to Easterseals UCP group home residents. They're staying busy with fun activities like crafting!
Thanks to her love of gaming, Individual and Community Service Program Director Bonnie Adams reached out to Meta Threads apparel for a donation. She ended up with 5,000 free masks to help the Front Line! Bonnie's Video.
Delia Niles, OPT Clinician, was on top of transitioning to telehealth to continue to support her families. Check out her story.
The Front Line Assertive Community Treatment Teams in NC are supporting people living with severe and persistent mental health needs through safe and social distance methods. See the team video.
Front Line Mental Health Child First Clinician, Bethany Cobbs, shares her experience of transitioning to telehealth with the children she serves. Watch her 1 minute video!
The Easterseals UCP staff is transitioning from in-person therapies in many cases to virtual sessions. Look at the fun our families and staff are having while managing therapies in this video!
The Easterseals UCP staff is grateful for leaders who care about the employees and the people we serve so that they can live, learn, work and play in our communities. Check out our Boss's Day Video!
One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Florence
On the one year anniversary of hurricane Florence, we remember our Front Line Heroes and how they managed incredibly tough circumstances with courage and resilience as well as those still struggling to re-build.
Easterseals UCP clinicians across eastern NC provided behavioral health support at four local shelters supporting evacuees from Hurricane Dorian. Our team visited with Governor Roy Cooper as he monitored the storm and urged residents to seek shelter.
When Hurricane Florence struck, some foster children lost everything thing they had. The Easterseals UCP Foster Care staff in New Bern worked diligently to provide children and families with supplies and the resources they needed.
The Wilmington community stepped in and provided supplies in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence to Easterseals UCP staff, who continued to support people living with disabilities and mental health challenges.
Easterseals UCP staff and volunteers converted a storefront into a unique and private temporary home for the Wilmington Child Development Center.
With schools closed and a region recovering from a federal disaster, the team at the Easterseals UCP EMPOWER Wilmington office knew children and families needed to return to their routines. The staff worked countless hours and opened their doors.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Tammy, a special education teacher in Wilmington, stepped in and helped feed, provide resources and listen to the people impacted by tragedy.
In the wake of Hurricane Florence, small communities came together. Thanks to the donation of food by Carry Out by Chrislyn, a foodery in Washington, NC, more than 3,000 meals were delivered with the help of Easterseals UCP volunteers.
The devastating damage from Hurricane Florence has not stopped Easterseals UCP employees from serving adults and children living with special needs and mental health challenges.
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