The Fig Cafe at Courtney’s House Is Open

When Courtney’s House became an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy three years ago, we hoped to develop social, recreational programs for adults with developmental disabilities living in the North SLO County.  Carrie and Greg Sanders bought the beautiful, Victorian home, built in 1892, to provide activities for their daughter Courtney and her friends.  Carrie formed an advisory group who came up with the dream of opening a café as a location to teach restaurant skills to adults with disabilities.  In November of 2015, she found a caterer who wanted to open a café at Courtney’s House.  In December, the caterer decided against opening the café.

We put out a “Business Opportunity” offer in January and received interest from four parties to open the café.  However, the deadline for bidders rolled by on February 29th and we still did not have someone to open the café.  On a Friday afternoon, a week later, Carrie stopped by the local nursery to buy some plants to put into the yard over the weekend.  She met Christine Dillow, the owner of the Fig Restaurant in Atascadero in the parking lot and they talked about the potential of the café in Templeton.  Chris Dillow immediately fell in love with the concept and has poured her heart and soul into launching the Fig Café at Courtney’s House.

The Fig Café is located at 311 6th Street in Templeton and is open for breakfast and lunch from 7:30 am until 2:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.  The Fig has their own staff, but Courtney’s House is offering the café to other programs to bring their vocational students to learn restaurant skills.  They hope to learn at the Fig Café and then get a job at a local restaurant.  Courtney’s House is also available to rent for weddings, business gatherings and other special events.  The Fig Café lets you go back in time to enjoy sit-down, American food.  You can sit on the large porch or inside the house.  For more information, call the Fig Café at 434-3895 or visit


Mark Shaffer

Executive Director

UCP of San Luis Obispo County

Give the Gift of Technology 2015

In the 2015 Holidays, we were so excited to able to continue our “Give the Gift of Technology” program.  At the end of the year, we send out a query to our affiliates and partner programs to identify individuals with developmental disabilities to apply for the “Gift of Technology.”  This Gift of Technology allows individuals to apply for a scholarship where they are awarded an iPad, Computer or other technology device that would improve that individual’s quality of life.

Take a look below at five of our 2015 Gift of Technology awardees!

Angie & Tyler Gift of Technology 2015
Angie & Tyler

Azelia, Ashley, Aristotle & Anthony Gift of Technology 2015
Azelia, Ashley, Aristotle & Anthony

Brandon with Marissa Gift of Technology 2015
Brandon & Marissa

Christopher & Elias Gift of Technology 2015
Christopher & Elias

Lulu & Kali Gift of Technology 2015
Lulu & Kali

Mark’s Blog – Posting 4

Shame On You, Governor Brown

The service delivery network supporting individuals with developmental disabilities is falling apart due to thirteen years without rate increases to the vendors contracted by the Department of Developmental Services. During the recession, the State of California reduced their payments by 4.5% for three years. The cost of providing services has increased dramatically over the past decade with higher wages, health insurance, workers’ compensation and general insurance. The Governor does not understand that the support services provided to people with developmental disabilities helps them become more independent and their support cost goes down for the State.

During the budget hearings last year, both Democrats and Republicans wanted to approve a 10% emergency rate increase to prevent more facilities from closing. The Democrats wanted to pay for the cost with a liquor tax and the Republicans wanted the reserves to be used for the rate increase. The Governor did not get involved in settling this dispute, so the system could be saved. Many facilities and nonprofit organizations have not been able to survive on the existing rates.

The situation has become much worse in the last six months. The public outcry has increased to include Democrats, Republicans, and labor unions. Now Jerry Brown has decided to use the issue as leverage to get Republicans to support a health care tax. He is not approving the amount that is needed to help the delivery system recover after over a decade of neglect. Governor, people with developmental disabilities work, live and vote in our community. It is time to stop exploiting them for your political gain and provide the funding for agencies to meet the high cost of providing services in California.

Steptember – Join us for a Swing for Joy Performance at D’Anbino’s

UCP of SLO County, Arts for Living and Swing for Joy invites you to a performance by Swing for Joy at D’Anbino’s Vineyards and Cellars, located at 710 Pine Street, Paso Robles, CA 93446 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm. Swing for Joy is suggesting a $5.00 donation for entrance to the event where they will perform a delightful array of 20’s style tunes, jazz standards, swing charts and contemporary music!

Proceeds from this event will go directly towards Steptember! What a great way to support adults and children with developmental disabilities in SLO County and across the globe! And what a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon – hanging out in wine country and listening to amazing music!

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Step-Avenger Hunt in Downtown SLO

JOIN UCP of SLO County

for our Steptember Scavenger – “Stepavenger” Hunt
on Friday September 11th, 2015


Join us for our first affiliate wide competition for Steptember 2015! The winner of this Friday’s “Steptember Scavenger Hunt: Step-avenger Hunt” will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. This event will also conveniently give you an opportunity to step up your step count for the day! Here is how you play.

During 10am – 6pm, visit each of the 5 pre-chosen locations that are hosting our scavenger hunt tickets. These locations will all be in downtown San Luis Obispo and are all within walking distance of one another.

Step-avenger Location 1: San Luis Obispo Downtown Chamber of Commerce – located at 895 Monterey Street.

Step-avenger Location 2: Open Air Flowers – located at 1055 Osos Street.

Step-avenger Location 3: Flip Flop Shop – located at 858 Higuera Street.

Step-avenger Location 4: Sports Forum – located at 701 Higuera Street.

Step-avenger Location 5: Batch – located at 1115 Broad Street.

Then at 6:00pm come down to Lotus Asia’s Best – located at 1131 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo. Those who have all 5 tickets will be eligible to win the drawing for the grand prize of a $100 Visa Gift Card. The drawing will be held promptly at 6:30 so please ensure that you arrive before the drawing to ensure your entry into the drawing. You must be present to win the grand prize!

If you have any questions, please contact us at! Happy Stepping and see you on Friday!


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Cancelled – Creeky Tiki Event Tonight

Hi all,

Sad news! We have to cancel the Creeky Tiki mingling event tonight. Unfortunately, with other very awesome and important events taking place downtown, we weren’t able to secure the location that we wanted for our event. But friends, do not worry. All other events will go on as scheduled.

– Jason P. from UCP of SLO County

Steptember 2015 Update – Sep 3rd

Hey all you Steptember participants!  We have a few things we wanted to let you all know:

1) After Day #1 – UCP of SLO County – as a collective organization – is #1 in Steps and #2 in Funds Raised for Steptember.  What a start!

2) Entering your steps is a little different than last year.  To enter steps you first want to log in, then click on Log Steps.  If you are logging an activity, you then want to click on “Log an activity instead” which shows up only after you click on “Log Steps”.  Once you click on “Log an activity instead” you will see a large drop-down list that shows the list of activities, the amount of time the activity was performed and at what intensity the activity was performed.  If you don’t see your specific activity in the drop-down list, don’t sweat it.  Simply find another activity that is most similar to yours and substitute it.

3) The Leaderboard is a very good tool.  You’ll find it, along with the rest of your tools, in the drop-down menu that is on the left hand side of your Steptember page.  The menu is represented by three white, horizontal lines.  On a mobile device, you will only see the three white lines; to access the menu simply click here.  On a computer, you will see the three white lines in addition to text saying menu.  The tools under the menu will prove to be very useful in your journey through Steptember.

4) Come down to the Creeky Tiki tomorrow, Friday September 4th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm for a little Steptember mixer!  We will see you there!





– Jason P. from UCP

Steptember 2015 – WELCOME ALL

Good Day Steptember 2015 Participants!

We wanted to make sure to give everybody a heads up on where to find the most up to date Steptember information. We are going to post challenges, events, leaders and any other necessary updates here and on our Facebook page. Let’s start with our full fundraising leaderboard:

Full Fundraising List & Leaders (Teams) as of 9/1/15 @ 12:00pm
1) The G2 Untouchables – $555.00
2) SLO Access for All – Team Blue – $325.00
3) SLO Referral Source – $320.00
4) Sleeping Tigers Dream Team – $295.00
5) Arts for Living AwesomeSauce – $230.00
6) We Keep Moving Forward – $200.00
7) Demonic Daschunds – $165.00
8) Power Serge – $165.00
9) SLO Poke – $150.00
10) G2 Avengers – $125.00
11) Routematch – $120.00
12) SLO Dragons – $120.00
13) SLO Stepper – $120.00
14) CCATC – $105.00
15) D-Dubstep – $105.00
16) Arts for Living AwesomeSauce V 2.0 – $100.00
17) oscill8 – $80.00
18) Sax o fun – $80.00
19) Audrey’s Angels – $75.00
20) CCBH – Team 1 – $55.00
21) Drumming & Stepping – Arts for Living – $55.00
22) Early Girls – $55.00
23) New Times 2 – $55.00
24) Robert’s Renegades – $55.00
25) SLO Access for All – Team Green – $55.00
26) SLO Creatives 1 – $55.00
27) Team Cupboard – $55.00
28) Cal Poly Dollies – $25.00
29) Coryell Stompers – $25.00
30) Every Little Step I Take – $25.00
31) New Times – $25.00
32) Parents for Joy – $25.00
33) Radio Active – $25.00
24) Rich Prop One – $25.00
25) Arts for Living – Spokes – $20.00
26) TBD – $10.00
27) Pick-A-Little-Ladies – $5.00

Happy Stepping! The event begins tomorrow, September 2nd, 2015 at 12am. Keep it tuned here and our Facebook page for all current Steptember information from UCP of SLO County!

– Jason P. at UCP

Mark’s Blog – Posting 3

REPOST – Original Post on Apr 17, 2014

(Mark Shaffer, the Executive Director of UCP of SLO County will be doing an intermittent blog to talk about some of the history of UCP, his history with UCP and various other aspects of his last 25 years working with people with disabilities in SLO County. Come back here to find more blogs by various UCP employees, C.I.P. Tour summaries, Leisure Club happenings and more.)

The Importance of Voting and Sending a Message Your Politicians

United Cerebral Palsy hired the marketing company, Maslansky & Partners to perform a survey to determine the voting patterns and political views of the 56.7 million Americans with disabilities. They surveyed covered 1008 individuals with disabilities and careproviders. The results of the survey indicate that a high percentage of people with disabilities are registered to vote (69%). Their voter participation is extremely high at 72%, compared to 57.5% for the general public. 61% indicated that they would be voting in the upcoming midterm elections.

The survey also indicated that 84% would vote for the candidates that support services for people with disabilities. 87% reported they would not vote for a candidate who supported cuts in funding for services supporting people with disabilities. These individuals have made this support issue their primary issue that guides their voting behavior. The results also show that the party affiliation for people with disabilities is very close to the percentages for the general public. People with disabilities do not favor one political party when they vote, but follow the national trend.

The results from the survey send a clear message to politicians. Like senior voters, voter with disabilities are very active voters who focus on the candidates position on supporting people with disabilities. If the candidate is in a close election, they are going to want to receive the votes from people with disabilities. We now need to get this message to the politicians.