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Out the door

We love being able to get out of our homes and experience life. Going to work, the store, or to see friends is something we do nearly every day. But what if you couldn’t go up or down stairs? What if you relied on a wheelchair for mobility? What if no one was able to help you?

Home accessibility is a major component of UCP’s goal to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Last week, HCA’s Caring for the Community Campaign helped us provide wheelchair ramps for four families in the Nashville area. HCA 2

Many individuals with limited mobility are confined to their homes or have to rely on others to get them in and out of their houses, which can often be a dangerous job. In building ramps, there is no longer the need for assistance or confinement as they are free to go in and out of their house as they please.

During the recent builds, two of UCP’s board members, Ken Roth and Joe Haase, served as site managers, both of whom have numerous ramp builds under their belt. With the help of these men along with around two dozen volunteers, UCP was able to successfully complete these ramps. HCA 3

UCP’s John Pickett runs the Home Accessibility Program. Having been in this position for 15 years, John has helped secure funding, coordinate, and build more than 2,000 ramps. John relies on volunteers like HCA to help build these ramps, and he is always looking for groups that want to be involved.

Being mobile is a tremendous gift. As for UCP, we are always working to provide people with that gift. If you or your group would like to be a part of a ramp build or volunteer in any capacity, please let us know. We are always looking for groups that want to help make a difference. HCA 4


October 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm Leave a comment

The comeback begins

2014-10-16 11 43 47The comeback story is the heart of the American Spirit. We love tales of rags-to-riches, we cheer for the underdog, we believe in a second chance. Today starts UCP’s comeback story.

No, we haven’t been gone, we haven’t stopped serving individuals with disabilities, and we haven’t veered from our mission. But we have strayed from connecting with our supporters and sharing the successes we work so proudly to accomplish.

The things we do at UCP are done with a purpose–to advance the quality of life for people with disabilities. Every wheelchair ramp we build is to help someone gain a freedom to go and come from his o her house as they please. Every piece of medical equipment we give out is to provide someone with the supplies needed to improve and maintain his or her quality of life. Every sports night, fundraiser, activity, every conversation, laugh and tear is fueled by our purpose–helping those in need.

I hope you will check out our blog every few weeks to stay current on what’s happening at UCP. Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more daily updates. And more than anything, find your way that you can help UCP fulfill its mission of advancing the lives of people with disabilities.

October 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm Leave a comment

New Year’s Day Resolution Run

Resolution Run 2013

Over 1,000 runners are expected to participate once again in Nashville’s 10th Annual Resolution Run on January 1, 2013. Onsite registration starts at 7:30 a.m. on Demonbreun Street in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The race starts at 9:00 a.m. Preregistration is open through the end day December 31, 2012 at:

Preregistration fee is $35
Race Day registration fee is $40

The Resolution Run benefits the Durable Medical and Adaptive Equipment Exchange at United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee. The Equipment Exchange serves persons with all forms of disabilities, not just cerebral palsy. The Equipment Exchange at UCP provided equipment valued at $510,655 to 1435 people with disabilities last year. The Equipment Exchange is one of many programs offered to families needing services at UCP, and resources are needed for each program. For more information about United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee go to:

Contact: Deana Claiborne, Executive Director
Phone 615-242-4091 ext.102

December 31, 2012 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

Food Trucks for UCP

Bring all your friends for lunch!!! TODAY (Thurs May 31) at Centennial Park from around 11:00 to 1:00 near the train — across from HCA! Food Trucks from Riffs Fine Street Food will be donating 10% of their lunch proceeds to UCP. The trucks are owned by Mr. B. J. Loffback, president of the Nashville Mobile Food Vendors Association. Greeting everyone at the trucks tomorrow will be Anthony Savankham and his mom, Tricia, along with UCP staff, by the SumYumYum truck. Also, please retweet and repost. Thanks, @riffstruck

May 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm Leave a comment

UCP and Statewide Partners Celebrate 2000th Wheelchair Ramp

Ramp Build
Thursday, May 10
Interviews and Photos 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
916 Hermitage Ridge
Hermitage TN 37076

Deana Claiborne
Phone: 615-242-4091 ex. 102

Volunteers from Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) are teaming up May 10 with United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee to commemorate construction of the partnership’s 2,000th wheelchair ramp on to the home of a person with a disability.

The ramp will benefit Buddy, a 24-year-old young man who has a severe mobility disability.  Buddy’s disability affects his motor coordination at all levels, meaning he cannot walk or perform any tasks that involve dexterity. Buddy lives in the home with his parents who provide his living supports. He looks forward to having a wheelchair ramp so he can use a power wheelchair to enter and exit his home independently.

The collaboration between THDA, UCP and a variety of statewide organizations has addressed an immense unmet need in Tennessee for persons of low income who have disabilities and have no way to get in and out of their homes without this essential accommodation. Through the program, wheelchair ramps are constructed of people qualifications. THDA dollars have paid for lumber and supplies. UCP and the partner agencies coordinate the ramp builds and provide labor.

According to UCP Executive Director Deana Claiborne, the long economic downturn has been especially hard on people with disabilities and their families, leading to increased waiting lists in the program. “The financial pressure on families is immense when you consider home modifications, extra healthcare expenses, durable medical equipment, and caregiving supports.” A wheelchair ramp gives a person the most basic access to the community, making it possible to participate in transportation, work, school, worship, healthcare, grocery shopping, and many other activities that people often take for granted.

A well-designed wheelchair ramp ensures the safety of both the person with a disability and the caregiver who would otherwise have to lift the individual up and down steps. UCP builds ramps in the Middle Tennessee area and coordinates ramp building through a variety of partner agencies across other areas of the state.

The program needs the financial assistance of donors in order to meet the unmet need. “We just spent our last dollars in the current THDA grant,” says UCP Home Access Director John Pickett, “But we have a statewide waiting list of 122 applications.” The cost of lumber and supplies for an average ramp is $754. An additional $92,000 is needed just to acquire supplies for people on the waiting lists. That doesn’t include labor costs and the additional need, taking into account new applications that arrive every day.

May 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Casual Day 2011

It’s that time again!  Over 300 area businesses are supporting UCP through our 2011 “Summer Fun” Casual Day initiative. Our custom-designed prints and t-shirts can be yours for a small contribution. Contact Diane Dietrich  at 615-242-4091. Casual Day Volunteers are also needed to help with a variety of activities!

Casual Day 2011 Design

Casual Day 2011 Design

June 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm Leave a comment

Boston University ASB Wheelchair Ramps

It’s Alternative Spring Break at UCP!  Students are giving up their spring breaks to do good work all across the US. In case you didn’t know, UCP of Mid TN has one of the largest and longest-running spring break initiatives in the country. We have colleges  and universities working throughout the community on UCP projects. Watch WSMV, Channel 4 at 4:00 and 6:00 – possibly 10:00 – for a news feature on our Boston students’ wheelchair ramp building activities.

See what Boston University has to say about the Nashville Experience!

Boston University ASB Wheelchair Ramp Build

Boston University ASB Wheelchair Ramp Build

March 15, 2011 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

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