On Nov. 9, a variety of past and present clients and staff, families and friends, and those curious about UCLL visited during the 80th Anniversary Open House. The event kicked off with time to mingle and to explore UCLL programs before moving on to the remarks and tours of the building.
UCLL Director, Dr. Carol Persad, spoke about the history of UCLL before discussing the importance of the new UCLL client comfort area. The area was formerly a storage hallway with a few smaller rooms that acted as day rooms. The renovated space includes offices for client and family use, with improved internet access, desks and comfortable chairs. The open space has plush chairs, a new couch and larger windows to let in more natural light.
Several former UMAP clients spoke as well, including Josh Hodgson who traveled all the way from Nebraska to attend the open house. Chris Bulthuis, a former client, provided a brief speech, relaying the importance UMAP played in getting his life back following a stroke in his 30s. Additionally, Kate Wright shared her experience with the UCLL children’s programs, noting her son had made significant progress throughout his participation in two sessions of our PACT programs.
The open house also showcased the new UCLL hallway of history – a graphic timeline telling the story of UCLL throughout its 80 years, including photos, newspaper articles, and snippets from letters and other parts of the historical record.
To see a photo album of the event, click here to visit our Facebook page. Don’t forget to like our page while you’re there!