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By Niles Dookie on November 19, 2018

It’s Time for a Roadtrip to the Past!

Start revving your engines for a day of family fun!

By Niles Dookie on November 7, 2018

A Lifetime of Achievements

Congrats to Gloria Wetherington for dedicating her life to supporting people with disabilities

By Niles Dookie on October 8, 2018

SunTrust Provides a Shelter for Sunrise

SunTrust invests in the “Refuge from the Storm” – Hurricane Shelter Program

By Niles Dookie on October 4, 2018

Congrats Cassell!

Sunrise is proud of our “Circle of Champions” Award Recipient!

By Niles Dookie on October 1, 2018

The FARF Annual Meeting

The 42nd Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities has come and gone, and Sunrise did not leave empty-handed! Read more about Florida ARF as well as what we have planned for the rest of the week to honor several award recipients.

By Niles Dookie on August 3, 2018

Thanks PAL!

The Coral Gables PAL program demonstrates the true meaning of friendship!

By Niles Dookie on May 15, 2018

Join us for some Family Fun on Sweetwater Abilities Awareness Day!

Join us at the Jorge Mas Canosa Center for some family fun Saturday, May 19th!

By Niles Dookie on April 19, 2018

Let’s Yap About Y.A.P.P!

Give Day Tampa Bay has begun! Start giving today to show your support for our Young Adventurers over at UCP of Tampa Bay!

By Niles Dookie on April 3, 2018

Thanks for Attending our 2018 Spring Art Show!

We had a blast this past weekend at the 2018 Spring art show held in the Eureka ADT center in Miami. Check out some of the highlights!

By Niles Dookie on March 26, 2018

Join UCP of Southwest Florida for a Classic Car show!

Saturday, March 31st come out to Jet Blue park to enjoy a day of classic cars, good food, and a chance to support a great cause!

By Niles Dookie on March 21, 2018

Interview with an Artist: John Bauer

Get to learn more about the eclectic and charismatic John Bauer, the incredible artist who will be painting live at the 2018 Sunrise Spring Art Show on March 31st!

By Niles Dookie on March 16, 2018

A Blast of Color to Welcome the Spring Season 2018

Join us for our first art show for 2018 at the Eureka Adult Day Training center located at 11241 SW 184th Street in Miami, Florida on Saturday, March 31st at 4:30 pm for a chance to see, purchase, and even win several unique pieces created by the talented artists of the Sunrise Institute of Fine Arts!

By Franz Weibezahn on February 22, 2018

Join Us This Weekend at Arts in the Park!

This Saturday is the Neighbors of Schenley Park “Arts in the Park” event, a free-to-attend celebration of the artistic talents right here in our community. There will be food, music, special performances and more.

By Margaret Feldman on November 13, 2017

Sunrise Community partners with Hyatt Place in Doral, Miami

The newly-renovated Hyatt Place in West Doral will host a "Re-launch" celebration on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The festivities begin at 5:00 pm and extend through 9:00 pm. Come join the celebration at the Hyatt Place located at 3655 NW, 82nd Avenue in Doral, Florida and enjoy complimentary culinary delights, cool beverages, music and much more.

By Margaret Feldman on October 26, 2017

The Largest Car Show in Southwest Florida - Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Ft. Myers, Florida

The Southwest Florida Fall Nationals is the largest automotive event in the area. With well over 700+ show cars and 5,000 spectators, this is a car show you don't want to miss!!! All net proceeds will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Naples.

By Margaret Feldman on May 16, 2017

Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation supports Sunrise Community of Central Florida

Sunrise extends heartfelt thanks to the Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation for their generous donation to Sunrise Community of Central Florida. Their financial contribution of $800.00 will support the ongoing work Sunrise accomplishes at the Adult Day Training Center in the Lakeland area. Specifically, the funding will allow Sunrise to purchase an additional HP ProOne all-in-one touch screen computer to be used by Sunrise clients in their computer lab. “I want to congratulate Sunrise Community of Central Florida for the tremendous work they have accomplished this year.. We hope this funding support will assist Sunrise Community of Central Florida in continuing your very worthwhile efforts on behalf of our Lakeland community." said Mark Wilson, 2016 Chairman of the Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation.

By Rebecca McGuire on April 5, 2017

Life without Limits 5 K in Connection

Mark your calendars -- lace up your sneakers -- register to run

By Sunrise Group on September 12, 2016

Sunrise Kicks-Off A Week of Celebration Recognizing Our DSPs!

Get ready to celebrate Direct Support Professional Week from September 11 -17, 2016. Our DSP’s are the heart and soul of the organization and define the agency’s quality in every personal interaction they have each day. Their dedication to the people we support drives our success This week marks the celebration and recognition of the wonderful care and love provided by those in service in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. We are proud of you and the work you do. Thank you!

By Sunrise Group on July 26, 2016

Phi Gamma Delta Raised $3.5K for UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples

This past Saturday, Phi Gamma Delta hosted its First Annual Car Show benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Naples. The family friendly event featured antiques, exotics and street racers. The done-in-a-day event focused on “driving up” awareness about community inclusion for people with disabilities and educating the general public about services for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Naples residents and visitors enjoyed at day the Naples Jet Center in Hangar 6 with car enthusiasts who like to give back to others in the Naples area. The inaugural event raised $3,500.00 for UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples.

By Sunrise Group on July 15, 2016

UCP of Tampa Bay Celebrates National Summer Learning Week!

UCP of Tampa Bay would like to thank United Way Suncoast and Bess the Bus for their ongoing support in helping UCP ensure that our students have access to high-quality summer learning experiences during National Summer Learning Week! United Way’s Summer Care initiative ensures that children and families of all abilities have access to quality, education enriched summer child care. In addition, our students are a part of the 166 children who received individual tutoring through United Way Suncoast. Of those, 96% had no summer learning loss! Thank you United Way and Bess the Bus!!!

By Sunrise Group on May 13, 2016

Happy Friday 13th! … Sunrise Community of Maryland is #Fearless at the State Convention

Arc Maryland’s 2016 State Convention kicked off on the morning of Friday the 13th and Sunrise Community of Maryland’s Executive Director, Norma Israel, joined the #BeFearless Campaign. Arc of Maryland chose this year’s theme, #BeFearless, because they believe that fearless people support each other. Without question, cooperation and collaboration are vital for self-advocates and their families to make changes in the system and the communities where they live. Representing Sunrise’s dedicated employees and the services we provide in Maryland, Norma provided educational outreach to attendees and their families from the floor of the exhibition hall. A longtime advocate and professional service provider, she truly is a fearless leader!

By Sunrise Group on May 9, 2016

National Public Policy: Feds Say Relying On Nursing Homes For Those With Disabilities Not OK

The issue of inappropriate placement of children and young adults with developmental disabilities has been in the Florida news for almost a decade. However, the problem is not isolated to just one state. In fact, according to the Feds, many states in the US are guilty of forcing thousands of people with disabilities to live in segregated nursing facilities to receive services. To a large degree, the controversy is over money: Now, the Justice Department is calling for states to expand their community-based services offerings and transition services for those who can and wish to move to more integrated settings. It is a move towards community inclusion, which Sunrise strongly supports.

By Sunrise Group on May 4, 2016

Sunrise Recognizes May As Mental Health Month: End The Stigma

In general, the term disability is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge that impacts daily living. Often people think the term, disability, only refers to people with a mobility limitation or physical challenge. The truth is that 74% of Americans with disabilities have an “invisible disability” meaning that one cannot identify a specific diagnosis with the eye. One example of an invisible disability is an Intellectual challenge resulting from a genetic condition or a traumatic injury. A more common invisible disability is mental illnesses, a disability that often carries a negative stigma. This May, Sunrise joins other disability service providers around the country to encourage everyone to take the StigmaFREE Pledge.

By Sunrise Group on April 15, 2016

Representative Matt Hudson Serves As Keynote Speaker at the 8th Annual “Celebrating The Stars”

One of Florida’s Legislative Champions for People with Disabilities and Keynote Speaker Representative Matt Hudson (R-80) addressed attendees at the United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida – Naples’ 8th Annual “Celebrating the Stars” awards dinner. Hudson has demonstrated his hands-on engagement and personal commitment to children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities for more than a decade. He was first introduced to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida via his involvement with the Boundless playground in 2007. “Since his first involvement, Representative Hudson has been a champion for the rights of people with disabilities including protecting accessibility for public places like playgrounds as well as expanding services and addressing Florida’s Wait List for children with disabilities. We are honored to have him join as keynote speaker tonight,” said Rebecca McGuire, Chief Philanthropy Officer.

By Sunrise Group on April 1, 2016

April is National Autism Awareness Month!

April is National Autism Awareness Month! Having just past its 30th year, National Autism Awareness Month remains singular in its focus to promote awareness, acceptance, inclusion and appreciation for all individuals living with an autism diagnosis. Awareness is just the first step in the journey to improve the lives of those affected by autism. Awareness must lead to acceptance and acceptance must lead to action. True progress is achieved when individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder are appreciated for their unique contributions to society.

By Sunrise Group on February 22, 2016

UCP on the Potomac: Volunteers With Disabilities Are Giving Back

Including volunteers with disabilities in charity activities is good for everyone! Through their service, volunteers with physical and mental challenges often change the perspectives of the communities in which they work. A diverse volunteer pool provides benefits such as improved public image, increased access to talented groups, diminished volunteer turnover, and improved overall financial operation. In addition to this, organizations that engage volunteers with disabilities are often more representative of society. As a result, charities are able to attract a greater number of service users, and appear more welcoming to patients, customers, donors, the general public, and even other volunteers. It is literally a win-win for all involved.

By Sunrise Group on January 20, 2016

Sunrise Celebrates IDOA! #WearYourHeartOnYourSleeve

With an estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide, equal inclusion in the community should seem like a natural part of daily life. Unfortunately, many people still face barriers and do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation. It is important to focus on the ability and not on the disability of an individual. The first step is acceptance of the fact that disabilities are in deed a natural part of life. A disability may impact any person from and background at any stage in their life. People will disabilities still make contributions and should enjoy active participation in any community. Join Sunrise in celebrating acceptance and IDOA!

By Sunrise Group on January 6, 2016

Save-the-Date & Buy Your Tickets Now!!! … Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Set for February 19-21, 2016

One of the more eclectic festivals in Florida is back for another exciting event as the Sarasota’s Exotic Car Festival celebrates beauty, power and speed. Car enthusiasts, exotic car owners and adrenaline-jockeys with a “need for speed” are counting down the minutes until Southwest Florida’s signature luxury automobile event opens. For the fourth year, the 2016 Festival will benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The 2016 event will kick-off with a Luxury Lifestyle Jet Port Reception on Friday, February 19th and runs through Sunday, February 21, 2016.