United Cerebral Palsy opened its Clewiston program under the Sunrise Community group of providers in May of 1996. At the time, services included an Adult Day Training Program (Life Skills Development Level 3), Supported Living and a Group Home. Clewiston was a “smaller operation” than other Sunrise programs, forty individuals received individualized services in the local community with eight full-time employees.
Three years later, in 1999, Clewiston established a day care center for infants in Hendry County. This successful program was eventually taken over by the District School Board to benefit and support teenage mothers. Over the last sixteen years, Clewiston’s programs have expanded to include In-Home Supports (personal supports), Personal Care Assistance, Respite Care, and transportation.
The Sunrise name was changed to United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in July of 2011 and the program in Clewiston continues the proud legacy of giving back to the local community. Individuals receiving services from UCP, volunteer at the library, at a local day care, at the food bank, in a nursing home and are active members of the Chamber of Commerce.
Throughout the years, United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida in Clewiston has grown exponentially and we now employ forty staff who continue to provide a wide array of opportunities for adults living with intellectual and physical disabilities to live successful lives in the community.