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By Sunrise Group on September 15, 2016

UCP of Southwest Florida – Naples Travels Back In Time to Visit Old Florida

On Wednesday, September 14th, self-advocates from United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Naples “traveled back in time” with a visit to Everglades Wonder Gardens. The property is home to a botanical canopy that includes orchids, bamboo, bromeliads and other specimens. The lush, natural backdrop is also home to an eclectic assortment of rescued exotic birds and rescued reptiles who have now found a forever home in the Gardens. United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida commends Everglades Wonder Gardens for ensuring that its gardens and wildlife are accessible for tourists of all abilities. UCP’s day long adventure “back in time” was truly a memorable experience!

By Sunrise Group on September 9, 2016

Kiwanis Honor Debbie Cowan, Lakeland’s aKtion Club Chair

Recently, the Landland aKtion Club honored Debbie for all of her hard work and hours of service. The “You Make A Difference” award recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, and others that have helped improve the lives of those with disabilities. The award is given to an who demonstrates a commitment to the community; selflessness; the initiative and the ingenuity to forge forward and make things happen; and enthusiasm and exuberance that inspire others. Sunrise is very proud of Debbie and greatly appreciates her years of dedication to those we serve!

By Sunrise Group on August 5, 2016

UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples Hosts A Mock Candidate’s Forum

As Sunrise is gearing up for our participation of National Voter Registration Day on September 27, 2016, we are working to make sure that our staff and the self-advocates we serve are not left out on election day, November 8th, 2016. We believe that realizing human rights is the essential first step to building just societies. Recently, UCP of Southwest Florida hosted a mock candidate’s forum; where individuals learned about the campaigning and election process. A tremendous thanks to Heather Wysocki, Voter Education Coordinator, Office of the Honorable Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of Elections who created ballots for our Naples “special election.” as well as for bringing voting equipment for training day. Every one had fun!!

By Sunrise Group on June 10, 2016

Sunrise Community of Central Florida Celebrates Employee Appreciation Week

Sunrise Community of Central Florida celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with an “All the Pieces Fit When We Work Together” theme. Executive Director, Ashley Green, recognized employees in various Central Florida location for excellence and dedicated service helping individuals with cognitive and physical challenges stay connected to their families and the local community. The week long celebration helped to raise awareness about the positive impact that publicly-funded long term supports and services for Florida’s families have … as well as the benefit of bringing greater diversity and enrichment to the area. Everyone was a winner!