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By Sunrise Group on July 11, 2016

UCP of Southwest Florida Sets Sail with Freedom Waters in Naples

For many Floridians, summer slows down and people leave and go on adventures, but in Naples, Freedom Waters Foundation continues jumping with activity! Boat trips; fishing tournaments, cruising, sailing, fishing for veterans and people with disabilities! Freedom Waters Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and veterans by providing therapeutic marine related experiences on the waters of South Florida. With only two full-time employees and a fleet of volunteers, Freedom Waters provides accessibility and recreational therapy for Collier county and surrounding areas. On Friday, July 8th, program participants from UCP of Southwest Florida in Naples set sail on a unique journey into the Gulf of Mexico. Check us out!

By Sunrise Group on July 8, 2016

Coral Gables PALS "Giving Back" & Learning About South Florida Fauna

Coral Gables PALS have been loyal, dedicated volunteers on Sunrise beautification projects since 2012. They have contributed time, labor and skills to various Sunrise locations throughout Miami-Dade county from Miami Beach down to Homestead. In addition to our mission, Sunrise volunteers keep coming back because they learn a lot while giving back to their local community. No project was too big or too small for this dedicated team of volunteers. The end results of their work was breath-taking! Check out their photo album.

By Sunrise Group on July 6, 2016

Coral Gables PALS Show Up & Paint The Town... Errr, ADT

Kicking off a busy summer of beautification projects for Sunrise, Coral Gables PALs started in Doral. On Wednesday, July 6th, the Adult Day Training Center received updates from the inside out (literally)! Student volunteers started with interior painting on classrooms in the pre-vocational skills area; then spread out to clean the parking lot and finished the day by giving a fresh coat of paint to the asphalt and parking spaces alike. Without the generous support and hands-on engagement of community partners like Coral Gables’ PALs, Sunrise would not be able to serve so many individuals and families across the East Coast. Our deepest appreciation to our PAL teen volunteers!!

By Sunrise Group on July 5, 2016

ABLE United Opens in Florida

The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act authorized states to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. In Florida, self-advocates and allies make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities every day. Thanks to a dedicated group of Sunrise advocates and others in the greater disabilities community, the ability to open an ABLE United account in the sunshine state is now a reality. ABLE United launched the first week of July. The site has a wealth of information and the tools needed to help make Floridians with disabilities aware of this new financial option. The tax-free account allows families to save like never before and empowers self-advocates to invest in their future. It’s a new day for Floridians with disabilities. Learn more about ABLE United accounts and how to start saving for a better life experience.

By Sunrise Group on July 1, 2016

It’s Official… Sunrise Bids Aloha to Its President of 40 Years

It’s official … Les Leech has left the building! President & CEO, Les Leech bid farewell to colleagues, peers, staff, public officials, and many of those served by the agency at his retirement party held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Vista Lago Ballroom in Miami. It was a night filled with nostalgia, laughs (a few at the expense of the outgoing president himself) and awards for a lifetime of service. The night was a fitting closure to a remarkable career of 40 years of continuous service to Sunrise and the greater disabilities community.

By Sunrise Group on June 29, 2016

Knights of Columbus Continue Their Legacy of Support for UCP in Naples

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church through its Knights of Columbus Council #12178 has been a loyal and committed supporter of those we serve and UCP of Southwest Florida – Naples Division for a decade. Most recently, UCP representative Anthony Baldwin accepted the check on behalf of the pre-vocational trainees with developmental disabilities who receive services from UCP in Naples. These funds will help provide training, services and support to people with intellectual and physical challenges in Naples.